Press conference and open meeting 6.30pm Thursday 13th May
At university of London room 3e Malet Street, London.
‘Union election candidates unite against ‘public schoolboy Government’
Whilst Cameron and Clegg discuss working together and how to implement a ‘savage cuts’ agenda, Jerry Hicks and Paul Holmes are discussing how to lead the 2 biggest unions in a campaign to defend workers.
The leading candidates in elections for Britain's two largest unions are joining forces today, Thursday 13 May, in a direct challenge to the new Government which is set to cut public spending and attack trade union rights.
Jerry Hicks, will be the only candidate that is not a national official of unite and is thought by many to become the first elected General Secretary of super-union ‘Unite’ and Paul Holmes, who is standing to replace Dave Prentis as General Secretary of public service union, Unison. Are meeting in London to co-ordinate plans to organise trade union resistance to any Government plans to cut jobs and freeze pay.
"Our unions face the fight of our lives," said Holmes - Secretary of Unison's powerful Kirklees branch in Yorkshire. Jerry Hicks added, "Now more than ever we need the unions to be led by ordinary workers who understand the day to day problems which union members face."
Union insiders report increasing concern from senior officials of Unison and Unite that, following the result of the General Election, workers may reject officials seen as to close to the previous Labour Government.
This could see Jerry Hicks and Paul Holmes elected on a tide of militancy, reflected in the current dispute between Unite and British Airways.
Notes to editors:
(1) Jerry Hicks is seeking nominations in the first election for a single General Secretary of Unite, the UK's largest trade union and biggest single donator to the Labour party. In last year’s election for joint General Secretary he (Jerry Hicks) came second to Derek Simpson, Mr Simpson will not be standing this time.
(2) Paul Holmes has been nominated by more than 50 branches of Unison in the current election for General Secretary of Unison, which has 1.3 Million members. Ballot papers will be issued from 17 May.
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