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 … Most recently of course the suspension from party membership of the man who was leader till six months ago illustrated his successor’s scorched-earth approach to the destruction of the Labour left. Christina McAnea has won the Unison election and becomes Unison’s first female General Secretary. 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. 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The motives are obvious. Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and Giant union Unison has refused to comment on reports that it has put John Stolliday in in charge of the election processes in the contest to replace outgoing general secretary Dave Prentis, even though Stolliday is one of the former Labour staff accused in the leaked Labour Party report still under investigation by the Forde Inquiry. 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. Two of the other largest Labour-affiliated unions are also set for changes of leadership. Ben Chacko is editor of the Morning Star. Unison’s black member’s group have backed Hugo Pierre. 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We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never Image: Marcus Rose. 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. And its rulebook expressly lays down that elections for positions within union can only be campaigned on by members, not paid officials. The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become you, our readers and friends. 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’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. 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. As ever this depends on the left’s response, but there is no reason to assume it will. The bar for being considered “part of the problem” was continually lowered over the course of debates — the word is a generous one — such as that over the IHRA definition. McKenzie was the first black person in TUC history and in Unison to hold a regional secretary post, became Unison’s first black assistant general secretary and, if elected, would be the union’s first black general secretary. 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. In fact there isn’t much evidence that the attacks on the left over anti-semitism have been effective in an electoral sense at all. 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. She said regions need resources and freedom to deal with issues independently. 2556. 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. In July 2015, UNISON endorsed Jeremy Corbyn's campaign in the Labour Party leadership election. In contrast to much of the 20th century, the unions have become a force for the left within Labour. Roger McKenzie and Paul Holmes are both within a couple nominations of the 25 necessary endorsements to be in the running. You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in 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. But a brilliant analysis of the poll data by Lee Jones of The Full Brexit last December suggested otherwise. 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. 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.”). Keir Starmer in UNISON Centre. 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. In August 2016 it endorsed Corbyn once again. UNISON is backing Keir Starmer in the Labour leadership election. 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. joining! Will it work? commentary and analysis you can trust. by Raymie Kiernan Published Tue 30 May 2017 Issue No. Internal elections 2015 General Secretary election 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. We represent staff who provide public services in the public and private sector. 'Swaggering' union officials 'interfered' in Unison leadership election, report finds . 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. Unison proudly declares itself to be "member-led union"1. 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. Lending has served as the Chief Technology Officer for Unison (formerly Compusearch Software Systems) since 1995. Earlier this week we carried a piece from Andrew Berry in support of Roger McKenzie. However, we had to be absolutely certain of the position before advising you of what can, or cannot be done. The result of the Unison general secretary election shows the mood for change in the biggest public sector union. Paul is the members’ candidate, from the shop floor. He has firmly rejected the accusations. They all say it’s time for a black leader. Printing Press Society. Should Unison fund the Socialist Party or its candidates? Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Unison paid officials caught sabotaging leadership election. Ms. Au niveau international, l'Administration Obama a rapidement fait preuve de leadership depuis l'élection présidentielle. 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. No rank and file left-wing candidate has ever secured as much as a third of the vote in any previous election. 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. I apologise for any delay in circulating, particularly given some of this information is already in the public domain. We cannot allow it. The UNISON General Secretary election in the light of the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn. “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.”. Union support and platforms helped launch Corbyn’s 2015 leadership bid, the stunning success of which astonished and appalled the parliamentary Labour party. “Roger has not been contacted by the party and condemns an attempted trial by media,” a spokesperson said. 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. Paul will take the job on his current wage of £32,000, declining the £100,000 available. By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its Unison has more than 1.3 million members across education, local government, the NHS, police services and energy. 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. In the 2020 Labour leadership and deputy leadership elections, UNISON endorsed Keir Starmer for leader and Angela Rayner for deputy. January 11 2021. 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. The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of Why did Leon Black pay $158m to Jeffrey Epstein? McAnea was previously one of the assistant general secretaries (and responsible for collective bargaining and negotiation). The communist revolutionary Angela Davis famously said: “In a racist society it’s not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” Those leading the charge against Corbyn have already prevented the election of Britain’s first anti-racist prime minister, in the sense of a politician for whom actively organising and campaigning against racism are core parts of their politics.