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Unison general secretary election
"I'm voting for Roger because I believe we need change in our union"
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:
Note: the Unison members mentioned are speaking in a personal capacity
Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777
Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206
Regional Socialist Party organisers:
Eastern: 079 8202 1969
East Mids: 077 3797 8057
London: 020 8988 8786
North East: 078 4114 4890
North West 079 5437 6096
South West: 077 5979 6478
Southern: 078 3368 1910
Wales: 079 3539 1947
West Mids: 024 7655 5620
Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041