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From: The Socialist issue 880, 25 November 2015: Back doctors' strikes

Search site for keywords: Unison - Union - Election - NHS - Strike - Cuts - Roger Bannister - Dave Prentis - HMRC

Unison general secretary election

"I'm voting for Roger because I believe we need change in our union"

Roger Bannister, at NSSN conference 2015, photo Senan

Roger Bannister, at NSSN conference 2015, photo Senan   (Click to enlarge)

There has been widespread support for Roger Bannister in his campaign to be elected Unison general secretary, with Unison members leafleting workplaces and explaining why they are voting for him. We have received this from Matt, a Unison member from Stoke working in the NHS:

"I'm voting for Roger because I believe that we need fundamental change in our union. I fully believe that Roger could be to Unison what Jeremy Corbyn is to Labour. We are facing unprecedented attacks on our NHS and local government services, where has the leadership been from our union? My girlfriend has worked for HMRC for three years and has taken more strike action in that space of time than I have in nine years of working in the NHS."

"I am told time and time again by branch and regional officials that our members won't strike, I say you reap what you sow. If junior doctors can go on strike for three days, so can nursing and auxiliary staff. It's time we took the fight to the government. We need a national strategy on how to fight austerity related cuts, I believe that Roger is the man with that plan."

Meanwhile, others have been angered by current Unison general secretary Dave Prentis who, despite backing Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader, has now criticised him by saying things could not "get any worse", proving the need for a new, socialist Unison general secretary on a workers' wage in touch with members.

If you are a Unison member and agree that Unison needs a fighting strategy to beat the cuts and win victories for members, we urge you to vote for Roger Bannister.

Ballot papers are out now and voting closes 4 December.

Follow the campaign at:

@Roger4UNISON

www.facebook.com/roger4gensec

http://roger4gensec.wordpress.com


Note: the Unison members mentioned are speaking in a personal capacity






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