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It’s time to get rid of the useless Prentis regime – vote John Burgess for Unison general secretary

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Issue 2479

Voting in the Unison union general secretary election opened on Monday of this week.

Socialist Worker backs John Burgess, branch secretary of Barnet Unison in north London. He has a track record of leading resistance to Tory austerity.

Incumbent Dave Prentis has failed to lead a real fight against the Tories and sold members short when they’ve answered calls to mobilise.

He promised in 2011 that the pensions fight would be a “campaign of strike action without precedent”, invoking the great struggle of the miners in 1980s.

They were out for a year against a Tory government—Prentis threw in the towel after just one day.

Last year members rebelled against the over local government pay sellout by union leaders.

Despite overturning this at a special conference this year members still have not seen the leadership act on that decision properly.

Unison’s national officer for local government Heather Wakefield, another candidate in the election, is implicated in all of this.

It’s vital that, as ballot papers arrive, activists get to workplaces to argue why John is the candidate to vote for.

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