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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 April 2009
Crucial elections are taking place in Unison for the national executive council. The current leadership under Dave Prentis, tied in with New Labour, are seeking to strengthen their grip on the union through witch-hunts and bureaucratic means.
Members are angry at how the union has handled Single Status - resulting in some members having their pay cut.
Last year's two-day strike for a decent pay rise demonstrated the members' determination to fight back but this was not matched by the leadership.
Members who challenge the leadership are threatened with expulsion; four Socialist Party members have been facing disciplinary action for almost two years.
It is for these reasons that the campaign for reclaiming the union involves winning seats from the current leadership, who are an absolute obstacle to the union being a fighting and democratic union.
The 'Reclaim the Union' campaign, initiated by the Socialist Party, is putting forward a left slate: see www.socialistparty.org.uk
The ballot runs from 14 April to 15 May.
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In The Socialist 1 April 2009:
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Why I'm marching
The grim reality of job-hunting
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Free market system killing our planet
Bail out workers, not Wall Street!
Socialist Party workplace news
Visteon workers occupy Belfast factory
Construction workers' protests continue
Socialist stands in Aslef leadership elections
College teachers strike in Eastbourne
Unison needs a fighting leadership: Leeds City Council
Whipps Cross Hospital
Socialist Party Marxist analysis
Economic crisis turning into political action
Socialist Party election campaign
No2EU - Yes to Democracy
Dave Nellist on the Politics Show
Socialist Party campaigns
Poor hit by price rises
No to privatised polyclinics
Gordon Brown meets the bankers
Sack the bankers not the workers!
International socialist news and analysis
Now that the profits are drying up in the Indian software industry
Sweden: Socialist councillor viciously assaulted by Nazis
The Socialist 1 April 2009 |
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