Monday, 7 April 2014

News from Jerry Hicks of Unite!

Hi: Two important reminders and one 'big' item of news. Please forward this email to those who you think will have an interest [tweet, facebook and stuff.......... Let me know if you can make the conference [reminder 2] See you there.
1] Unite NEC elections you should by now have [voted!] your ballot papers they will need to be returned by 23rd April.
Please vote and encourage other members to vote for : The candidates [That I know of] who want elected officials. By the members, for the members & accountable to the members!
Nationally : Lesley Mansell for the LGBT seat Email: Tel 07980 695117 Visit:
Nationally : Golam Bhuiyan BAEM seat Email Visit
Regionally: Glyn Williams for the North East, Yorkshire & Humberside seat. Email phone 07975595971
2] Saturday 12th April 2014: 12 noon to 4pm.Grass Roots Rank & File [Unite Fightback] conference:
Birmingham ‘Where we are & what’s next?’ The Comfort Inn: Station Street B5 4DY. Opposite Birmingham New Street Station & is also a short walk from Snow Hill & Moor St stations.
This meeting is open to members of UNITE the union, their families, friends & trade unionists who are supporters.
Finally & significantly There were lots of things wong during the 2013 Unite General Secretary election 'A chance to clean up the union'
3] Jerry Hicks has been granted a full hearing by the independent trade union watchdog [Certification Officer] to be held in London on 22nd and 23rd July. And it may result in the election having to be re-run.
Jerry lodged a complaint way back in September 2013 when it emerged that 158,000 ballot papers were sent to members no longer paying fees. During the election there were also attempts to slur the name of Jerry Hicks, and these matters are also included along with misuse of union resources in the 8 point complaint.
The certification officer [CO] has wide-ranging powers. Indeed in 2011 the construction union UCATT were forced to re-run a leadership election, the CO declaring the vote invalid.
This has attracted both national and local press coverage.................................................Watch this space!!

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