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Unite executive elections – Left campaign launched

United Left, the broad left organisation that launched and backed Len McCluskey’s successful campaign to be the first elected General Secretary of Unite the Union, has launched its campaign for the union’s executive elections which take place shortly. Nominations must be made at a meeting which takes place no later than 7 February.

The United Left issued a statement saying:

Over 200 supporters of the United Left met on Saturday, 8 January to decide which candidates to support in the upcoming elections for the Unite Executive Council.

This will the first Unite EC election where candidates will stand in constituencies which are not based on the old Amicus and TGWU sections. The UL meeting was conscious about the need to ensure that the new EC would be one that will face the challenges of the future and not simply reflect the past.

The union needs a progressive, forwarding looking majority if we are to take forward the new spirit reflected in Len McCluskey’s great victory in the General Secretary election last year.

We need an Executive that is able to lead the union in building resistance to the Tory-led Coalition’s attacks. We need an Executive that will take the lead in rebuilding workplace organisation across all of the industrial sectors. We need an Executive for whom “equality” is not just a phrase but at the heart of all we do. We need an Executive that will set a political agenda that will put the union at the heart of radical change in this country and internationally.

The United Left meeting believed that the candidates it decided to support are capable of meeting these challenges. The nomination period is now open. Make sure your branch and workplace use this opportunity to nominate candidates who are committed to take our union forward.

The full list of candidates may be found here. Further information about the balot can be found here.

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