Nominees for the post of general secretary of the public services union, which has more than a million members, were surveyed by activists on how they would support black health and social-care workers if elected. joining! 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It might seem rather brazen to level accusations of racism against one of the trade union movement’s best known black leaders in the year that Black Lives Matter swept the world. commentary and analysis you can trust. The issue also tied up Labour activists in internal battles where time and energy could have been spent on campaigning and organising community support for Labour, so it may have had an indirect impact on its electoral performance. As ever this depends on the left’s response, but there is no reason to assume it will. While hailed in the press as a progressive victory, this is a disappointing result for those on the left who had hoped to see the union – and perhaps Labour – shift direction. In July 2015, UNISON endorsed Jeremy Corbyn's campaign in the Labour Party leadership election. This week, Unison – the UK’s biggest union and a major Labour party donor – announced Christina McAnea had won its general secretary election and will become the union’s first woman leader. Donate today and make a regular contribution. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society. Paul is the members’ candidate, from the shop floor. The rehashing of these claims for use against McKenzie is nonetheless a very serious further escalation. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our They all say it’s time for a black leader. By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its McAnea, the former assistant general secretary, gained almost 64,000 votes, amassing 47.7% of the vote. “Roger has not been contacted by the party and condemns an attempted trial by media,” a spokesperson said. Unison paid officials caught sabotaging leadership election. Follow the latest race results, candidates, and events leading up to the 2020 Presidential Election. He has firmly rejected the accusations. They all say it’s time for a black leader. You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Unison assistant general secretary Roger McKenzie, When job cuts are woke: using the language of social justice as a smokescreen, Sir Keir Starmer urged to ‘come clean’ about alleged hiring of Israeli ‘cyber spy’, Government pressured to extend furlough as unemployment soars to highest level in four years, EDITORIAL We cannot outsource the defence of our rights, claims not supported by statistical evidence, successor’s scorched-earth approach to the destruction of the Labour left, already provoking resistance from affiliated unions. The result of the Unison general secretary election shows the mood for change in the biggest public sector union. UNISON’s rank and file left has aspired, on and off, to launch a unified challenge for the leadership of the union in five previous General Secretary elections, but has never yet succeeded in standing fewer than two candidates. A nivel internacional, la Administración Obama ha manifestado prontamente su liderazgo a partir de la elección presidencial. Corbyn’s support for Palestine in such eyes was indistinguishable from his opposition to war: indications that he would change British foreign policy in ways unacceptable to them if he became prime minister. Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder The motives are obvious. We represent staff who provide public services in the public and private sector. Jon Rogers, who served on the Unison NEC from 2003 to 2017, reports that a switch to the ‘single transferable vote’ was made during the NEC’s meeting to decide which candidate it would support in the forthcoming election to choose the union’s new general secretary after incumbent Dave Prentis retires – and that the switch took place only once right-wing NEC members had “done the maths” and realised … Plus conservatrice, la « Unión-pro » représente un « péronisme dissident », sous le leadership de l'actuel Gouverneur de la cité autonome de Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri. UNISON is one of the UK’s largest trade unions, with 1.3 million members. corporate media. You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Now, with even greater audacity, they take aim at one of the leading veterans of anti-racist campaigning in Britain, a man who knows what it is to suffer discrimination and abuse because of his race, and a widely admired trade union heavyweight to boot. Why did Leon Black pay $158m to Jeffrey Epstein? 2556. £25 to the £501 jackpot. Will it work? Earlier this week we carried a piece from Andrew Berry in support of Roger McKenzie. And the Corbyn movement did not come out of nowhere, but had its roots in the anti-austerity, anti-racist and anti-war movements — the People’s Assembly, Stand Up to Racism, the Stop the War Coalition and so on — organisations that often campaign through and within the trade unions and overlap with them in causes and activists. Are we to allow the shills trying to hound Corbyn out of Labour to decide who can and who cannot be a trade union leader? UNISON members will then vote on who their preferred candidate is from October 28 to November 27 2020, with a result set to be announced on January 11 2021. The nominations process saw a significant rise in branch turnout, with 458 of UNISON's 834 participating branches nominating a candidate compared to just 373 branches casting nominations in the last general secretary election. Beyond the leadership, there are other reasons for the right to widen the attack to the trade unions. printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by Certainly they were less significant as a factor in Labour’s 2019 defeat than the party’s support for a second referendum on the EU; we should never let the Labour right, which relentlessly pushed Corbyn to accept such a referendum, cover up the fact that 52 of the 54 seats Labour lost to the Tories last December were Leave-voting. Labour Party leadership election image copyright PA Media The UK's three biggest unions are changing leadership, while Labour's governing body has been holding elections. has an equal say. If branches democratically decide they want to support a candidate in an election who more represents that branches position on a policy like council cuts, I think that they should be able to do that. Amanda Kendal met him and finds out how he believes he can turn around the party’s fortunes . Issues like anti-semitism, links to terrorist organisations [to take another common attack line] etc, barely registered.”. Their direct effect on Labour’s electoral fortunes was never obvious. She said regions need resources and freedom to deal with issues independently. Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from But the impact of the attacks has certainly made it harder to campaign in solidarity with Palestine, and indeed, most of the examples used to construct the pathetically flimsy case against McKenzie relate to Palestine (such as having shared “cartoons depicting Gaza as a prison camp” and articles that referred to that besieged strip as “an Israeli-administered ghetto.”). over £100. Keir Starmer in UNISON Centre. Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club. I apologise for any delay in circulating, particularly given some of this information is already in the public domain. Internal elections 2015 General Secretary election They are overwhelmingly pro-public ownership and generally anti-war. UNISON has a presidential team made up of elected members of the national executive council.. Josie Bird, president. In contrast to much of the 20th century, the unions have become a force for the left within Labour. This is transparently a bid by the Labour right to interfere in the Unison leadership election against a socialist candidate who has been endorsed by Corbyn, and to extend the wave of purges and resignations from that unhappy political party to the wider movement. Giving ground to absurd claims that examples like the above are anti-semitic seriously weakens campaigning against imperialism, and in weakening anti-imperialist politics it weakens anti-racist politics. No rank and file left-wing candidate has ever secured as much as a third of the vote in any previous election. Union support and platforms helped launch Corbyn’s 2015 leadership bid, the stunning success of which astonished and appalled the parliamentary Labour party. Printing Press Society. Nobody who knows or has worked with McKenzie will believe these allegations for a moment — but then, the same is true of the allegations against Jeremy Corbyn, as testified by the repeated, resounding votes of confidence in the former Labour leader by Jewish activists in his own constituency party, Islington North. Under her leadership, the Acquisition and Financial Assistance product suites have grown to serve more than 50,000 authorized users in more than 100 United States federal government agencies. The right point to Corbyn’s personal unpopularity as the reason the party lost, and you could argue that anti-semitism allegations were responsible for his dire ratings. The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried. The UNISON General Secretary election in the light of the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn. The leadership of Unison, one of Britain’s biggest unions, has been won by a moderate candidate, shoring up the position of Labour leader Keir Starmer. “If necessary he will contest any allegations that he has breached party rules and remains focused on his campaign ... and steadfast in his lifelong opposition to racism and anti-semitism.”. Brock Lending Chief Technology Officer. A McKenzie-led Unison would significantly strengthen that resistance. Print this page. Unison’s black member’s group have backed Hugo Pierre. 'Swaggering' union officials 'interfered' in Unison leadership election, report finds . Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and Keep abreast of significant corporate, financial and political developments around the world. The Labour right’s bid to purge all traces of Corbynism from the party, its capacity to use administrative measures to disenfranchise and silence the left, is already provoking resistance from affiliated unions. The main impact of the attacks was not on the Labour vote but elsewhere. In the 2020 Labour leadership and deputy leadership elections, UNISON endorsed Keir Starmer for leader and Angela Rayner for deputy. They were used to cow the left, to disorient it and keep it constantly on the defensive. The motives are obvious. A whistleblower within Unison's London region has leaked an audio recording of a meeting of paid officials flagrantly breaching the union's rules by working for the election campaign of the incumbent general secretary, Dave Prentis. The manifesto of the clear frontrunner, Christina McAnea, does not offer the change which UNISON needs. Nor, in the cause of natural justice, should we ignore the fact that almost none of the accusations are even based on things McKenzie said or wrote, but things he liked or shared online — not that there is anything remotely racist about them anyway, but the distinction shows how thin the case against him is. Over time accusations shifted from being directed at associates or allies of Corbyn to the leader himself. Two of the other largest Labour-affiliated unions are also set for changes of leadership. We cannot allow it. Sur l’invitation du Gouvernement, le Président de la Commission de l’Union africaine (CUA), S.E.M. The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on “I’ve made trying to get an equalities agenda firmly embedded in the bargaining agenda, and not seen as something separate. With a regular donation to our monthly UNISON General Secretary Election 2020. This takes us back to the basic reasons why our whole movement should stand in solidarity with McKenzie in the face of these cynical accusations. And its rulebook expressly lays down that elections for positions within union can only be campaigned on by members, not paid officials. This must be the message ahead of the NEC elections, which are due to begin at the start of February. In August 2016 it endorsed Corbyn once again. His unhesitating solidarity with Corbyn over the past 10 days has made that very clear. Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals Should Unison fund the Socialist Party or its candidates? If this false interpretation of IHRA were followed it would so restrict the rights of Palestinians to campaign for justice and meaningful statehood that it would itself be a form of anti-Palestinian bigotry. McKenzie is running for the leadership of Unison — one of the two biggest unions in the country — and the existence of a “lengthy dossier” that has been submitted to the Labour Party about him has conveniently been leaked just as ballots are landing on doormats. As trade unionists, as socialists, as anti-racists, we must stand with Roger McKenzie and make clear the Labour right’s political game has no place in our unions. Josie Bird is a local government worker from Newcastle. This is transparently a bid by the Labour right to interfere in the Unison leadership election against a socialist candidate who has been endorsed by Corbyn, and to extend the wave of purges and resignations from that unhappy political party to the wider movement. She was seen by many as the continuity candidate to succeed the centrist, Dave Prentis and was backed by Unison executive and the bulk of Unison’s ruling faction (though she also had … tell truth to power. To what extent the accusations were connected to support for Israel and its occupation of Palestine is contentious. Bolton UNISON have nominated Paul Holmes for General Secretary because… Our branch knows the candidate: Paul has the best record of leadership and fighting for members. As part of a debate on the UNISON General Secretary election, Jon Rogers makes a case for supporting Paul Holmes below. However, we had to be absolutely certain of the position before advising you of what can, or cannot be done. Image: Marcus Rose. paper thriving. Christina McAnea has won the Unison election and becomes Unison’s first female General Secretary. Ms. POLICE officers have shot dead at least 135 unarmed black men and women in the past five years in the United Sates, according to a shocking new rep. We're a reader-owned co-operative, which means you can become part of the paper too by buying shares in the People’s Press Printing Society. The main trade unions have been signing up supporters ahead of the leadership election. UNISON leadership candidate Roger McKenzie has called for the creation of a national care service and an anti-privatisation unit to protect the health sector from damaging outsourcing. These allegations are spurious and rely on a misinterpretation of even the IHRA definition of anti-semitism so gross that it would define comments on Gaza from former British prime minister David Cameron (who once called it a “prison camp”) or John Holmes, the UN’s humanitarian chief (“an open-air prison”) as anti-semitic. Stay informed and spot emerging risks and opportunities with independent global reporting, expert Unison has more than 1.3 million members across education, local government, the NHS, police services and energy. Lending has served as the Chief Technology Officer for Unison (formerly Compusearch Software Systems) since 1995. Unison paid officials caught sabotaging leadership election. 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