Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Snap General Secretary election called

Once again Len McCluskey has decided to force a snap General Secretary election, in which he intends to stand for re-election. The announcement is here and the official Unite information is here.

Calling the election now, a year early, with nominations 16 January - 17 February 2017, is clearly intended to slant the election even further in favour of the incumbent.

Many will remember that when Len re-stood early last time, he said he wouldn't standing again. Last time there was much criticism of the cost of the unnecessary election. This time the cost is being used to justify bringing the election forward to coincide with the Executive Council elections.



Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Strikes continue at Fujitsu

We had our third strike day today at Fujitsu Manchester, and two more have now been called for Wednesday and Thursday next week.

Check out our Unite @ Fujitsu web site for the latest news - and an "appeal for support" leaflet which includes how you can contribute to our strike fund.



Sunday, 30 October 2016

Unite Executive Council Elections

The union is gearing up for elections to its Executive Council (EC), which is effectively the ruling body of the union between policy and rules conferences.

The Unite web site has a page about the forthcoming elections. This includes a helpful new booklet Your Union is Run By You. The main points from the timeline are:

  • Members seeking nomination must submit campaign statements by Friday 25 November
  • Nominations from branches and workplaces must be made 16 January - 17 February
  • Voting will be 27 March - 19 April, with the result declared on 28 April
  • New EC takes office 1 May 2017 for a three-year term
The numbers of seats have been revised ready for the election, to reflect the paying membership. The numbers in brackets indicate designated seats to ensure that representation is at least proportionate to the membership. The first number in brackets is the minimum number of women, the second number in brackets is the minimum number of Black, Asian & Ethnic Minority (BAME) members.

Total 71 (19) (7) broken down as:

Regions 24 (10) (2):
  • East Midlands 2 (1)
  • Ireland 2 (1)
  • London & Eastern 4 (1) (1)
  • North East, Yorkshire & Humber 2 (1)
  • North West 3 (1)
  • Scotland 2 (1)
  • South East 2 (1)
  • Wales 2 (1)
  • West Midlands 3 (1) (1)
National Equality Seats 5 (1) (1)
  • Women 1 (1)
  • BAEM 1 (-) (1)
  • LGBT (1)
  • Disabled (1)
  • Youth (1) 
 Industrial Sector Seats 42 (7) (3)
  • Aerospace & Shipbuilding 2
  • Automotive Industries 3 (-) (1)
  • Civil Air Transport 3 (1) (1)
  • Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Process & Textiles 1
  • Community, Youth Workers and Not for Profit 1
  • Construction (Unite) *
  • Construction (UCATT) *
  • Docks, Rail, Ferries and Waterways 1
  • Education 1
  • Energy and Utilities 1
  • Food, Drink and Agriculture 3 (1) (1)
  • Finance and Legal 3 (2)
  • General Engineering, Manufacturing and Servicing 2
  • Government, Defence, Prisons and Contractors 1
  • Graphical, Paper, Media and Information Technology 1
  • Health 3 (2)
  • Local Authorities 2 (1)
  • Metals (including Foundry) 1
  • Passenger Transport 2 (-) (1)
  • Road Transport Commercial, Logistics and Retail Distribution 2
  • Service Industries 1
* The construction seats are dependent on the transfer of engagements from UCATT to Unite going ahead and discussions. The 4 UCATT seats would be taken by members of their existing executive.

Observers 2
  • Retired Members 1
  • Gibraltar 1