Union elections

Unison left runs united slate

By Adie Kemp

UNISON's National Executive Committee comes up for re-election over the next two months. The whole committee is facing re-election, and the left inside the union has fielded the largest united slate of candidates since the union's foundation.

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Left wins in Amicus

The left slate has won 23 of the 48 places on the executive of Amicus, the union formed by merging AEEU and MSF.

The new executive took office on 1 January. According to Amicus insiders, most likely is the development of a 'centre-left' majority in the executive working closely with new general secretary Derek Simpson.

But it will be spurred on by a harder left minority within the executive and represents progress over the old right-wing regimes in AEEU and MSF.

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First victory in effort to reclaim FBU

Paul Woolstenholmes has won the election for National Officer in the FBU. He got 52% of the vote in a three-way contest with the previous National Officer, Mike Lawson, and Bob Pounder.

Lawson played a leading role in the conduct of the year-long FBU fight for a living wage which collapsed toward the end of last year in return for a 3.5% pay rise. This result is widely seen as a victory for those who wanted the fight to be continued and fought with more militancy.

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National Officer election: A chance for a new direction?

Matt Wrack, London Region FBU, told Solidarity about the importance of the National Officer elections

The National Officer election ballot is extremely important. It is an opportunity for ordinary members to influence the direction the union is going to take in the coming period.

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Civil Servants’ chance to vote for change: Kick out the Moderates!

By a PCS member

The Executive election in the civil service union PCS is now entering its final stages. The votes have to be in by noon on the 3 July. Given that the return envelope is second class, the effective last day to vote is 1 July.

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Campaign for Keenlyside!

The ghost of our former Deputy General Secretary (Postal) John Keggie is still with us. The deal that his successor, Dave Ward, has done on the Tailored Delivery System has all the hallmarks of a classic John Keggie deal - 12,000 job cuts and a "two bob" bonus scheme. Well there's no doubt as to who's being stitched up here. Ward managed to force the deal through CWU Conference (the vote on the job cuts element was carried by just 7,444 votes to 7,394) but getting postalworkers in delivery offices to accept the huge increases in workloads which will come is another matter.

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Biggest ever left slate in Unison

Unison is in the midst of re-electing its National Executive Council. For the first time, the whole committee is being elected at once, which creates the opportunity for big changes in the shape of the committee, but also creates a dilemma - how to maximise the vote.

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Is Camfield a left candidate?

By Tom Willis

Some people in the TGWU seem to be under the impression that Barry Camfield is the left wing candidate for General Secretary. He is no such thing.

Camfield is part of the back scratching, do-nothing clique that control the union executive. They make sure that the union is run as a job club for their buddies rather than as a serious organisation. The GEC clique have no interest whatsoever in doing the hard graft that is required to rebuild the union in the workplace and to confront the employers.

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