Unison: Union Democracy on Trial

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24/12/2016 by socialistfight

The outcome of this case will have a powerful impact on the chances of Ian Allinson in the current Unite General Secretary election.

Jerry Hicks pointed to the constant campaigning by Unite officials for McCluskey during his General Secretary election campaigns. If they are prevented from doing so this time Ian Allinson may be the new Jeremy Corbyn from the other vital wing of the labour movement.

David Hencke

dave-prentis-pic-credit-twitter Dave Prentis, general secretary, Unison Pic Credit: Twitter

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On Monday a three day public hearing begins  into serious allegations over the running of the election campaign that saw Dave Prentis elected general secretary of Britain’s largest public sector union, Unison last year.

The Certification Officer has ordered the hearing after every candidate who stood against him filed complaints alleging that union resources were used by officials – who should be neutral during elections – to favour Dave Prentis against them.

The hearing is according to an Acas spokesperson is  unprecedented. There are  often grievances from individual candidates who feel they have been badly treated and quote the rule book back at  the  union but in this case every single candidate who stood against Dave Prentis has complained. Nor is it one  Left faction against another – whatever political standpoint any of the candidates might have –…

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