We have the disgusting spectacle of a notionally “progressive” paper praising the knighted leader of a “working people’s party” for winning over the big-money donors who moved to Switzerland to avoid paying UK taxes. Unison activists don’t seem to see RM or HP as viable/strong enough. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Join us and get the real news in your inbox every day. Getting rich requires such singleminded dedication to accruing wealth that greed must somehow be redefined in the mind from a personality defect to a boon for all mankind. Paul is a long-standing member of Unison and is on its NEC. Activist resources; Branch roles; Events; Join UNISON; Follow us. He has been in post for nearly 10 years, and has never publicly voiced opposition to anything Prentis has done. The corruption is as sickening as it is obvious. In most branches the activist base has been depleted, partly as a result of the way the union has been run. I imagine the right,being deeply entrenched in that union ,will be very hard to shift.When the right gets into a position of dominance and control they become very hard to shift because proper democracy goes out of the window.It is the same old story every time,disillusioned membership,along with an immovable right wing cabal.The Labour is exactly the same,where the right gain power,disillusionment soon follows. Many people don’t come anywhere near the average wage. SKWAWKBOX privacy policy and GDPR information. Without it, electoral reform and the democratic socialism which effective democracy makes inevitable cannot happen. Your contention appears to be that nothing – no. Suarez said on December 10th. No, it COULDN’T! December 25, 2020. General Secretary Election – Southend nominates Paul Holmes. Links can be found here for the various social media pages and resources you can use to support the Paul Holmes campaign. Christina McAnea has been elected the General Secretary of Unison – the public services union. Left Foot Forward. Holmes also pointed out that since its formation in 1993, every general secretary had been a full-time union employee and that it was time for a proper democratic separation between Unison’s bureaucracy and its leadership, with only elected officers deciding the union’s priorities and directions while employed officials carry them out. UNISON member Sam O’Brien writes in a personal capacity about the election and why he is backing rank and file candidate Paul Holmes. “The stench of hypocrisy is overwhelming.”, Ian Austin added: “Imagine if Jeremy and his team were as quick to take action against the people responsible for racism as they are with the people complaining against it.”. Union and Labour activists have identified the retirement of controversial right-winger Dave Prentis as general secretary of the giant Unison union as a pivotal moment in the future direction of both the Labour movement and party. Oh, right, take action against people like Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker who were both falsely accused of anti-semitism, and whose cases were deliberately held up and prolonged for as long as possible by staff hostile to Jeremy PRECISELY so that such critiicisms of him and his team could be repeated over and over and over again, as they were. No that the Skwawbox reported on it. Lying to the electorate to win elections is something all honest voters would find abhorrent if the evidence were laid before them, and there’s plenty of it. The Covid-19 pandemic is a foretaste of the approaching climate catastrophe. The process to choose the next Unison union general secretary has begun—and left candidate Paul Holmes says his campaign is “going better … Are you seriously suggesting that Skwakies pandering to left position? Holmes’ candidacy is garnering enthusiasm from a broad layer of the active membership: he has over 100 nominations from UNISON branches. – could possibly have caused events to turn out any differently to the way they turned out. Paul Holmes, at least, agreed to accept the outcome of the meeting. Do you honestly think that any of the others was a socialist? Socialists in the Unison union were feeling encouraged this week after left candidate Paul Holmes delivered a strong result in the general secretary election.. Sometimes those victories will need to be won against the wishes of even the most left-wing union leaders, who at times will want to compromise with the government and employers. https://off-guardian.org/2020/08/09/this-week-in-the-guardian-12. for UNISON General Secretary because: Paul has the best record of leadership and fighting for members; Paul is the members’ candidate, from the shop floor; Paul will take the job on his current wage of £32,000, ... Twitter; UNISON, UNISON … This isn’t neutral reporting but rather propaganda in favour of a preferred candidate by the editorial team of the Skwawkbox, attempting to influence the election of Unison General Secretary. Paul is a member of UNISON’s national executive committee and secretary of Kirklees local Actually you’re claiming almost god-like powers of foresight, let alone perfect hindsight. But what did they care at the time, he was then just a back-bench Labour MP! The case for Paul Holmes Submitted by AWL on 16 September, 2020 - 9:13 Author: A Unison member As we approach close of nominations (25 September) in the election for a new general secretary for the big public services union Unison, Paul Holmes’ campaign is picking up momentum. Or PROMOTE (establish, coordinate) an alternative. Holmes was employed by Kirklees Council , however, during the campaign he was suspended from his role and investigated for reasons deemed “serious and confidential” by the council. McKenzie also pledges to allow UNISON’s self-organised groups (such as its women’s groups and BAME groups) play a more central role within the union. Voting began on 28th October and UNISON members should be getting their ballot papers soon. Good riddance to them I say. Paul Holmes, the suspended secretary of the Kirklees branch in West Yorkshire, has won the backing of the Unison Action Broad Left committee with the exception of its Socialist Party (SP) element. I also doubt it would have made any or at least much difference – but NOBODY, not even you, KNOWS. This BASTARD has never voted Tory in his life & doesn’t know anyone of MY GENERATION who has. You have entered an incorrect email address! rs21 spoke with several feminist activists in Polish union Inicjatywa Pracownicza about the recent wave of feminist strikes and protests. Division costs elections. No, they would NOT have been any different, and the saboteurs and the MSM et al would STILL have used every dirty trick in the book to bring Jeremy down and tar the left, and having ‘a tough no nonsense socialist deputy leader’ would not have made the slightest bit of difference. Steve Richards, I’m about to turn 70 and I’ve never voted anything but Labour. Most recently Paul has led a campaign against racism and bullying towards refuse collection workers. He said: “If only senior Labour sources could respond so swiftly to complaints about anti-Semitism within our ranks. ; Unison nationally is not delivering for members.Branches currently only get 25% of our subs and no say over national and regional resources. Grassroots candidate Paul Holmes achieved an amazing result in the recent elections for Unison general secretary. She replaces Dave Prentis, who is retiring after 20 years as general secretary. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here to set up a monthly donation via GoCardless (SKWAWKBOX will contact you to confirm the GoCardless amount). It implies that your target knows that your opinion is correct and that they’re disagreeing with you out of spite or some other scurrilous motive, rather than genuinely holding whatever opinion they express. The Fraudian, who some of the knight of the realm disciples like to quote from, are up to their usual bag of propagandistic establishment supporting sycophantic praise for the elites new party leader puppet! If my memory serves me well, I’m pretty certain that ALL the specific A/S claims against Jeremy himself happened AFTER the 2017 election – ie the ‘English Irony’ episode and the ‘Wreath-laying’ episode and the ‘Mural’ and the ‘Book’ episode and the ‘Israel Compared To Nazis Meeting’ episode, none of which raised so much as an eyebrow at the time each of them happened. And what would that ‘firmer line’ have amounted to David? https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6813579/margaret-hodge-jeremy-corbyn-racism-row/. Division costs elections. Division costs elections. I always stand by my friends. By clicking 'Sign me up' you confirm that you have read and agree to our privacy policy. Christina McAnea has today been elected as general secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest union. And the morning Star editorial draws attention to the fact that despite HQ and a organised group of officials employed by the Labour party and Labour party MPs worked against the socialist revival it was not the cause of the collapse of the Corbyn Project.Weak leadership and loosing touch with the movement by bowing to pressure from the enemy’s of Socislis!m was the route cause.I was at first suprised but after consideration I must agree membership remained Strong and supportive of the project and we could have cleared out the scum sooner.We had the Labour party and the country within our hands and a true Socialist leader.,.But I suppose the leadership nrver realised that they had the power and unknowingly helped i by not being just plain ruthless …more than just sad but destructive as well. If elected, Paul will not accept the … No way. Voting in the ballot was as follows: Paul Holmes 45,220 (33.76%) Christina McAnea 63,900 (47.7%) Roger McKenzie 14,450 (10.79%) Hugo Pierre 10,382 (7.75%). Share on Facebook Share on Twitter ... our interview with candidate Christina McAnea here and Roger Mckenzie here and we’re trying to get an interview with Paul Holmes. But now that they are all in their late 60’s just look at the way that most of the bastards voted in the last General Election. The logical outcome of neoliberalism is two rich men each owning half of a dead planet at war with each other to own it all. Every workplace is a Covid frontline, as employers try to force workers into unsafe situations. “In my opinion before we can change the world we have to enforce honesty on the MSM.”. There are people rich enough to fund the party as a hobby until the next millennium if they wanted to and not even miss it. Bolton UNISON have nominated Paul Holmes for General Secretary because ... Paul is popular across UNISON and can win. I don’t believe in fate. Joe Lo. He has consistently criticised Prentis’ failure to lead a fightback, and has stood by activists who have been persecuted for doing the same. But the chances are that but for the staffers working against him, he could very well have won AND now be PM. Pip Pip. Yes, they thought they’d done enough to finish Jeremy off in 2017, and they got a big shock when he then came so close to winning the GE, and THAT is why they then trebled down on their smears and their demonisation of Jeremy and the left membership. When you’ve got 172 MPs working to bring you down – along with the MSM and the Establishment et al – and only forty who support you, your options are some-what limited, to put it mildly! Paul Holmes is the only candidate in the UNISON General Secretary election whose candidacy has emerged from a project to build the democratic rank and file organisation which the union so badly needs (and which, if it already existed, could have hoped to avert the perennial problem of multiple left candidates). for UNISON General Secretary because: Paul has the best record of leadership and fighting for members; Paul is the members’ candidate, from the shop floor; Paul will take the job on his current wage of £32,000, declining the £100,000 available; Paul will massively increase funding to branches so we can support you better; Paul has a track-record … Ballot Papers Start Arriving Monday 17th May !http://www.unison.org.uk/elections/gselections.asp Allan, look again. And we look at the toerag benches, curse, and roll our eyes…. We have run a fantastic, positive, … Hence, what skills does Paul Holmes has, that makes him a better proposition that Hugo Pierre or Roger McKenzie? The MSM takes sides though they don’t say “Vote for X” – they do it subtly and persistently. To be sure of having your vote counted, it should be posted by 24th November at the latest. — Alan Gibbons (@mygibbo) January 11, 2021 Divided left. Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email. Responding, officers said they found Holmes from Jersey City with multiple bullet wounds on the upper part of his body. Gates wants to be seen as a philanthropist and the Tories clearly aren’t philanthropic. And SO do you David! Now why would you say THAT if you thought and believed there was some other way to overcome their lies and falsehoods and smears? qwertboi, how could an ‘alternative MSM’ compete for an audience? Paul Holmes. Eventbrite - Paul Holmes #Paul4NEC presents Time for real change - my plan for UNISON: Meet Paul Holmes - Wednesday, 2 September 2020 - Find event and ticket information. However, her candidacy does represent continuity with the Prentis years. McKenzie, who was endorsed by Corbyn early on in his campaign, faces a tough battle in the election to lead Unison’s 1.4m members, with Christine McAnea and Paul Holmes his main rivals. Good luck Paul Holmes. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. UNISON member Sam O’Brien writes in a personal capacity about the election and why he is backing rank and file candidate Paul Holmes.. UNISON is the largest public sector union, and the question of its leadership and direction is an important one for the whole labour movement. I have stood beside him on picket lines and on anti-racist demonstrations and I am proud to stand by his side again today. The three contenders were Paul Holmes, Karen Reissmann and Hugo Pierre. I think I’ve seen you write “and YOU know it” before, Allan. Afterwards he became a local councilor for some of the most deprived, poorest inner city districts of a once thriving industrial city. This is another ham-fisted attempt to intervene in a union election. Now that Len is staying put we will have two more years in which to decided who we want as Unite’s General Secretary once Len retires. Lying to the electorate to win elections is something all honest voters would find abhorrent if the evidence were laid before them, and there’s plenty of it.’. UNISON NEC Candidate 2021, Kirklees UNISON Branch Secretary and Labour Party member. Christina McAnea has today been elected as general secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest union. Christina McAnea has today been elected as general secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest union. Join online now Paul will take the job on his current wage of £32,000, declining the £100,000 available. 272 talking about this. 1:09 . But just prior to that, you finished a post by saying: ‘In my opinion before we can change the world we have to enforce honesty on the MSM.’. I don’t know if that’s what you meant to imply though? When STV was proposed at the NEC, Holmes and his supporters were in favour. I’ve shared offices with some real right wingers – it didn’t turn me into one so it’s not infectious. And now others are too. We were hardly INactive – there was CND, Vietnam, Friends of the Earth, there were meetings, leaflet drives, sit-ins, marches, demo’s – seemed like almost constantly at the time. Mary (Molly) Lennon Holmes, 89, of Scranton, died last Wednesday evening at Marywood Heights. Ian Birchall reviews The Dialectics of Art, a new work by John Molyneux. Eventbrite, and certain approved third parties, use functional, … Branches are invited to register up to five AGM delegates who will be I don’t have a staff of full time political researchers to help me so I’d have to sift through the MSM dross to choose – or take a wild guess. I’m not saying it’s not, but in the 1960’s young people had more disposable income than ever before, and we may have been better off in some ways than today’s generation. Dave did, he also shared and office with Blair before he and the cabal hijacked the party which the knight of the realm is the mk2 version, indeed say if the ordinary people can live on the average wage why can’t MPs. Though the branch office is closed due to the pandemic we are operational and available by phone and email for members in need of advice and support. She replaces Dave Prentis, who is retiring after 20 years as general secretary. Oh, right David, so could you remind me what happened to Chris – ie what the smearers and the MSM *DID* to Chris – when he defended the LPs record on anti-semitism. “Radical, popular, grassroots” movements can’t seek out big donations from rich folk because they always expect a return of some kind on their investment, whether it be honours or influence – it’s in their nature. When Corbyn was suspended from the Labour Party recently, McKenzie, unlike McAnea, was quick to support him, saying: ‘I have been proud to stand beside Jeremy Corbyn over the last 3 decades. Voting was as follows: Paul Holmes 45,220 (33.76%) Christina McAnea 63,900 (47.7%) Roger McKenzie 14,450 (10.79%) Hugo Pierre 10,382 (7.75%). I’m not insulted by Albert’s statement because most Tory supporters ARE gerrys like me – no point getting them in a twist over that. There are two candidates in the election whose recent background is within the Prentis bureaucracy: Christina McAnea and Roger McKenzie. No wonder the right apparatchiks in the party conspired to expel people him and Chris Williams from the party. Paul stood in the 2010 General Secretary election with the backing of the former UNISON United Left, coming third behind Prentis and Roger Bannister, a … When it came to the crunch, both on the issue of who to nominate, and on adopting STV in the union-wide vote, McKenzie’s supporters backed the status quo. Unison get sec election shows left can win NEC Search: Alternative search ... Paul Holmes 45,220 (33.76%) Roger McKenzie 14,450 (10.79%) Hugo Pierre 10,382 (7.75%) This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 11 January 2021 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist. Prentis’s decision to retire has opened up the possibility of renewal for a union that is the UK’s biggest but is often criticised by its members and activists for taking too right-wing a stance and a too-soft approach on industrial disputes – and along with that renewal, to balance the Labour Party after recent right-wing manoeuvres to stack the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC). The Guardian reports that “Big Labour donors returning to party under Keir Starmer”. Paul Holmes has the backing of a network of left-wing activists which has the potential to evolve into a democratic rank and file movement within the union, and which already has the influence within UNISON to have delivered Paul over 100 branch nominations, the nominations of two Regional Councils (the South East and the North West – the largest Region in the Union – and, … The South East regional council has nominated Paul Holmes as their chosen candidate in the forthcoming UNISON general secretary election. As a socialist and a Labour Party member, Holmes has condemned the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn and called for him to be reinstated as soon as possible. His main pledge is to take a worker’s salary of £32,000 and donate the extra £100,000 of the general secretary’s pay package to the union’s own welfare fund. Hugo Pierre: Unison has “ducked out” of battles and not punched its weight. We have to collect and collate it obviously and that’ll take a bigger research effort than our enemies used when they trawled the internet for their antisocialist smears. Before working for UNISON he held a number of positions within the labour movement including as TUC Race Equality Officer and as constituency secretary for Islington North Labour Party. I’m sure I read somewhore that most Labour MP’s give most of their incomes to good causes – it’s about time some of these union big shots followed their fine example. They prioritized preserving the unity of the existing bureaucracy over supporting the best opportunity for a challenge to it. And what does it matter if Joseph said ‘might’! 232 talking about this. Holmes’s politics and attitude to the role of unions are not a recent, nor adopted for the election – as videos of old speeches show: It might be hard, in the current climate, to imagine a left-wing, working-class, grassroots candidate upsetting the right’s apple cart. It wouldn’t have made the slightest bit of difference Joseph, and YOU know it! 29 October, 2020 . But policing in the UK goes far beyond the bodies of armed men in uniform. Don’t even bother reading the internal report claiming Labour insiders threw the 2017 election. — Alan Gibbons (@mygibbo) January 11, 2021 Voting in the ballot was as follows: Paul Holmes 45,220 (33.76%) Christina McAnea 63,900 (47.7%) Roger McKenzie 14,450 (10.79%) Hugo Pierre 10,382 (7.75%). Over 100 branches back Paul Holmes for Unison leader. Angela Eagle, Carolyn Flint, Stella Creasy and Ben Bradshaw. Get protection at work and a range of other benefits from just £1.30 a month. https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/e/leaked-report-important-it-was-not-sabotage-defeated-corbyn-project. Paul Holmes. What an amazing generalisation; it’s no wonder MSM hate the ‘baby-boomers’ who “have it all & vote Tory”. UNISON Living. Beckett’s the best person for the Unite job, simply – why shouldn’t this site guide readers to the best options based on what is known (not all of which can be published). She will be the first woman to lead the UK’s largest union. I don’t know a thing about him other than the ‘pay cut’ so I’ve no opinion on him. How would you have us decide on which candidate for any of the thousands of ‘political’ positions to support? Paul secured the support of Unison's largest local government branch, Birmingham Local Government; its largest region, the North West; and the largest service group, Local Government, which represents 750,000 members. Unison, the UK's biggest trade union, will have a woman at its helm for the first time. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Paul is a member of UNISON’s national executive committee and secretary of Kirklees local Paul Holmes wants to be Unison's first general secretary elected from outside the union's employed staff, on a salary of £32,000 - and to give the remaining £100,000 or so to good causes Paul Holmes Union and Labour activists have identified the retirement of controversial right-winger Dave Prentis as general secretary of the giant Unison… Paul Holmes 45,220 (33.76%) Christina McAnea 63,900 (47.7%) Roger McKenzie 14,450 (10.79%) Hugo Pierre 10,382 (7.75%). He won the endorsement of the union’s Broad Left, UNISON Action, as their candidate for general secretary. But if Unison members want their union back and get behind the candidate whose track record shows he will give it to them, then the Unison general secretary election could be a game-changer not only for the union but for the whole Labour movement, including the party supposed to represent it. He could go some way toward proving his bona fides to the masses by funding a slightly more left wing party than the Conservatives. As for being ruthless, well there are TWO aspects to that, the first being that Jeremy wouldn’t be Jeremy – and the person that so many on the left respect and admire – if he WAS ruthless. What your candidate is saying is that right wingers have the union stitched up, to the detriment of members and the wider Labour movement However, a working-class candidate has entered the contest who threatens to upend expectations – and to shake both the union’s and the Labour Party’s political class to its foundations. Hier sollte eine Beschreibung angezeigt werden, diese Seite lässt dies jedoch nicht zu. It has nothing whatsoever to do with fate and EVERYTHING to do with the enemies of Jeremy and the left having complete and total control of the narrative AND being totally ruthless and devoid of integrity. Now I firmly believe we have to threaten them with jail for subversion of democracy. Time and again, union members have been built up to expect a fight on wages and pensions, only to find the rug pulled out from underneath such action at the crucial moment. 1.3 million members of the public sector union UNISON have begun voting for a new general secretary. Holmes was also nominated as the candidate for the UNISON Action Broad Left group, and as such, has a strong claim to be seen as the main candidate for left-wing rank-and-file activists in this election. He wants to lead Unison and says it's "ducked out" of the … Again the people of these districts have nothing but praise for him. ‘Incentivise’ MPs to serve the people.MPs paid by results. If you wish to republish this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more. Democracy’s not democracy without a level playing field. The decision was made at an online hustings and nomination meeting on 15 September. The MSM as-is have very firm and fixed political objectives. Holmes considers this a sign of Unison’s ‘business unionism’ and says he will end it. Jenny Formby couldn’t vote because she didn’t keep up her membership of the Unite Left group as simple as that. And went to jail for non-payment of poll tax. The last thing a political party needs is grass-roots support, and nothing spoils a working-class movement like unionising. To support the SKWAWKBOX and raise awareness of the independent Left media, visit our store for T-shirts, hoodies and more. We interviewed Chloe Haralambous and Michalis Poulimas about events on the ground and what they mean for the EU border regime. If you have not received a ballot paper by 10th November there will be a voting helpline you can contact. Christina McAnea has today (Monday) been elected as the new general secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest union. It is of course impossible to know if Jeremy would have won the 2017 election had resources been channeled to where they should have been, and NOT to right-wing safe seats, as they secretly were. Outgoing general secretary Dave Prentis has been in the role … Socialists in the Unison union were feeling encouraged this week after left candidate Paul Holmes delivered a strong result in the general … ; Paul will take the job on his current wage of £32,000, declining the £100,000 available. In an interview, Holmes told the SKWAWKBOX that he believes Unison has become far too corporate and he has intends to change that – including selling the union’s two large headquarters buildings, worth around £100 million, so the funds can be put to better use. That’s tantamount to saying fate took a hand. Maybe if the deputy had been Chris Williamson – maybe. A single left candidate would have won the Unison election. If elected he has pledged to increase the amount of funding local branches receive from members’ subs from 25%, as it currently stands, to 50%. 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