", Jeremy Corbyn at 2016 Unison conference photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge). Four candidates qualified to enter the ballot (28 October to 27 November): two rank-and-file candidates, Paul Holmes and Hugo Pierre, and two assistant general secretaries, Roger McKenzie and Christina McAnea. We’v got a structure of lay democracy in our union but we don’t have a structure of elected officials to the union. That was a no-brainer. Vote for Hugo Pierre. Comme sénateur, Jean-Pierre Michel a ensuite été en 2013 rapporteur du projet de loi sur le mariage homosexuel, sous François Hollande. This, however, is a cynical attempt to use false accusations of antisemitism to attack the left. The TUC accepted 80% but why should people be restricted to 80% pay? They were fully aware of the consequences of administering Tory cuts for council services and the working-class communities they were elected to serve. It has not even attempted to organise national action to defend council jobs and services. I got into local government at the Greater London Council in 1984s, supported the miners’ strike and became a NALGO shop steward there and a branch secretary at the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA). Unison, stylised as UNISON, is the largest trade union in the United Kingdom with almost 1.4 million members. The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. Hugo Pierre, currently a Black member’s representative on UNISON’s NEC, has worked for Camden Council for 30 years. Under this measure, it indicated it could only afford to spend money on essential services - in other words, it had run out of money and was, in effect, declaring itself bankrupt. The worst-kept secret in public sector union Unison is finally out. Joe Lo is a co-editor of Left Foot Forward. Voting in the ballot was as follows: Paul Holmes 45,220 (33.76%) Christina McAnea 63,900 (47.7%) Roger McKenzie 14,450 (10.79%) Hugo Pierre 10,382 (7.75%). If Labour councillors, MPs, MSPs in Scotland, and MSs in Wales, back cuts, then Hugo says Unison should withdraw funding from these individuals. At the end of the day, we need a national ballot on industrial action to win that and that’s not something we should shy away from. I am the only candidate in the election to have said we should only use our members' money to politically back those who back us, and the policies we stand for. We started with a nursery nurse strike. Click here for the latest article in the Socialist on the general secretary contest. They also, by disillusioning working-class and middle-class voters, contributed towards the Tory general election victory last year. Thatcher abolished the ILEA and I got a job in Camden and have been the education convener ever since 1990 – first for NALGO and then for Unison. The Tories have found an orchard of money trees to bail out big business. And this figure is growing day by day, as councils have to fund shortfalls in income, such as losses of charges and taxes, and increased expenditure due to Covid-19, but are not fully reimbursed for this by central government, or by the Welsh and Scottish devolved governments. Vote for the only candidate who will lead that fight. However, despite their protestations to the contrary, there is something councillors can do to stop council cuts. We should have had a much more combative stance. This confirms the position I have argued for in this general secretary election, that Unison needs an independent fighting political voice. We should be looking at any way we can to have a national dispute. There was a number of campaigns and we steadily increase the influence of the union in those workplaces. Where would that leave UNISON members who wanted to use their vote in the General Secretary election to achieve the best possible outcome to change our trade union for the better? The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc. Il est passé par les centres de formation de l’IFR Châteauroux et de l’Olympique Marseille. We suffered from racism throughout the time we were there but we won people around, made friends and it was a great place to grow up. We’ve also run succesful campaigns against the closure of the deaf school and against our local special school becoming an academy. In order to win the Labour leadership, Keir Starmer tried to dress up in some of Corbyn's clothes, claiming he wanted 'unity' in the party. General Secretary candidate Christina McAnea: New direction for Unison as biggest union marks ‘end of an era’, Unison’s continuity candidate? Hugo Pierre could well do so and Margaret Greer cannot be ruled out at this point. Yeah.   Join the Socialist Jeremy Corbyn, who as Labour leader in 2017 achieved the biggest increase in a general election for any party since 1945, is not antisemitic. Socialists in the Unison union were feeling encouraged this week after left candidate Paul Holmes ... Assistant general secretary Roger McKenzie managed 14,450 votes and Hugo Pierre … These articles are produced without the authorisation of Hugo Pierre, in order to comply with these requirements. Is it fair to say you’ve done a lot of grassroots campaigning while other candidates like Christina Mcanea and Roger Mckenzie have held more senior positions in the union? Division costs elections. The ballot to determine who should fill vacant seats on the union's national executive committee has started. The data that's been released shows that one of the fastest growing areas for the spread of this virus, one of the fastest growing age groups, is among secondary school children. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given. Unison estimates that there is a current shortfall in funding of councils of £10 billion for 2020-21. Schools are at the heart of our local communities, but they are also, unfortunately, the centre of many of the outbreaks of infections that are taking place. Therefore, this information could change. — Alan Gibbons (@mygibbo) January 11, 2021 Liz Wheatley Branch Secretary unison@camden.gov.uk 020 7974 1633 Vino Sangarapillai Treasurer see 2nd entry for email address 020 7974 4071 Phoebe Watkins Branch Chair phoebe.watkins@camden.gov.uk 020 7974 1633 Phil Lewis … There’s been no academy conversions in Camden. What should stay the same? Découvrez tout ce que Hugo Pierre (ugopierre) a découvert sur Pinterest, la plus grande collection d'idées au monde. I don’t think that the General Secretary should be the only elected paid official position. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Join us and get the real news in your inbox every day. Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary. Would you be meeting with Rishi Sunak or would you have a more combative stance? Unison currently has no strategy to defeat the cuts, other than to ask Tory ministers and lobby Tory MPs to find the additional resources to fund the shortfall. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations. Maybe now they will listen - Refund the fees! If Unison's bureaucracy spent as much effort defending council services as it does trying to prevent the union discussing them, we would be in a far better place. He is running an independent socialist campaign to be general secretary after missing out on the Action Broad Left nomination. Nous voudrions effectuer une description ici mais le site que vous consultez ne nous en laisse pas la possibilité. If I was general secretary of Unison now, I would be wanting to meet with all of the other trade union leaders to see that we carry out a really thorough campaign to make sure that track-and-trace is brought back into the public domain; that it's organised by local authorities in partnership with local health protection agencies, to make sure that we have an effective system of controlling this disease - unlike the shambolic situation that we've seen until now. Party, Subscribe   The Tories to date have successfully used Labour, Plaid Cymru and SNP councillors to do their dirty work for them. Motions to Unison's national conference or local government conference calling for national action against council cuts are ruled out of order (and never debated by conference) on the grounds of legal jeopardy. Of course, we will campaign and put on whatever pressure we can, but we also have to have that threat of taking industrial action to ensure that our communities, our members, are kept safe from Covid. Not a penny more to cutters and privatisers.". Left Foot Forward is conducting interviews with all four candidates who secured enough nominations. The Tories want to dismantle and reduce the cost of local government as much as they can get away with. Together we can find the stories that get lost. Hugo would ensure that the union's energies are focused on how to organise national action to defeat the cuts, as opposed to the current leadership which spends its time finding a way to stop it happening. And it shows the other candidates are completely out of touch with the mood of members and what we need. We’re so grateful for your donation and will make sure your money goes as far as possible. Two members of the Socialist Party are standing. In 2011, we had the chance, there was two million public sector workers on strike over pensions and unfortunately Unison brokered a deal with the government which meant our pensions were worse than they were before 2011. Why I am backing Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary LFF: Tell us a bit about your background and how you got involved in Unison? And of the candidates standing to be the new general secretary of Unison, only Hugo Pierre has the programme that can achieve this. Hugo Pierre: Hugo Pierre, a candidate in Unison's general secretary election, speaking at Socialism 2020, 21st November 2020. Unison members have just elected their service group executive leaderships (SGEs), the bodies that oversee pay and conditions of service negotiations in service groups, including local government, health, higher education and energy. 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