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From The Socialist newspaper, 25 February 2009
Manchester Unison: Good vote for left
On the same day that Manchester city council announced £25 million of 'savings', the Unison union branch representing many council staff announced the results of its leadership elections.
The left vote was: Myself 344 votes, Neil McAlister 302, John Clegg 301 and David Kemp 283. The current leadership was re-elected with a significantly reduced vote, and their majority narrowed by 20% to 200 votes over mine. The turnout remained very low.
While the Left candidates used the election campaign to raise the real issues of pay and conditions affecting members, the branch leadership resorted to personalised attacks, which are strongly disputed by the Left candidates.
We can be within striking distance of winning one or more of the assistant branch secretary posts next year, provided we build on these results. I am determined to do so and urge others to work with me, for the fighting leadership which members urgently need given the scale of attacks we will face.
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In The Socialist 25 February 2009:
No Job Cuts
Organise to defend jobs
Car industry in crisis: Death of jobs by a thousand cuts
Jobs protest continues
Workers march for jobs in Cardiff
Fight to save Royal Mail
Campaign for a New Workers Party
What do union members get from Labour link?
International socialist news and analysis
Ireland: workers say 'We won't pay for your crisis'
General strike movement grips island of Guadeloupe
Kashmir: Health workers take strike action
Marxist analysis: history
Iran 1979: A revolution that was taken from the working class
ECB suffers Stanford hangover
Socialist Party campaigns
Defend Yahya Al Faifi campaign
BNP bigots retreat under pressure
Greenwich: "Hands off my school"
Look at the gravy train!
Devon residents against incinerators
Socialist Party workplace news
Leeds journalists strike against job cuts
Successful launch for United Left
Manchester Unison: Good vote for left
Protest at the Unison witch-hunt - date change
The Socialist 25 February 2009 |
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