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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 August 2015

Socialist challenges right winger for Unison leadership

Roger Bannister, photo Paul Mattsson

Roger Bannister, photo Paul Mattsson

Rank-and-file socialist Roger Bannister is standing for general secretary of Unison, Britain's largest public sector union. Unison members are some of the hardest-hit by austerity, and right-wing incumbent Dave Prentis has regularly undermined action.

If you agree that Unison needs a fighting strategy to beat the cuts, we urge your branch to nominate Socialist Party member Roger Bannister. Nominations open on 2 September and close at 5pm on 9 October.

Roger is secretary of Unison's Knowsley branch in Merseyside. He has been on Unison's leading national executive committee since the union was formed. In that time Roger has consistently supported fighting policies to defend members, and opposed the leadership's illegal attacks on activists.

He led a successful strike in Knowsley to defend the 35-hour week, and to extend it to other workers. He has won pay increases for many groups. He also serves on Unison's industrial action committee, and the health and safety committee. Roger has a proud record of working with members of all unions and building solidarity with workers in dispute.

He can win! He has been the leading left challenger in previous general secretary elections, reliably outpolling others by a sizeable margin. And he is the only candidate who has pledged to take an average workers' wage if elected.

Attacks

Unison members face massive attacks on their jobs, pay and conditions of service. The Tory government is passing the burden of the bankers' crisis onto ordinary working class people.

On top of that, the Tories are preparing to attack our democratic rights. They plan to massively curtail our right to strike against these injustices.

Unison needs a general secretary with a record of fighting for ordinary members. Roger Bannister is the candidate best prepared to lead an effective struggle against the Tory onslaught.

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Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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