Published October 1, 2015 at 17:11
UNISON’s national executive council (NEC) has voted overwhelmingly to nominate Dave Prentis in the upcoming general secretary election.
The decision was made on the opening day of the nomination period (September 2 to October 9 ) but branches and other bodies can still make nominations.
A ballot will be held from November 9 until December 4, with the result announced on December 17.
After the NEC’s decision, Mr Prentis led a major discussion of the implications of the government’s proposed Trade Union Bill, describing it as “a ferocious attack that shifts the balance of power from workers to employers”.
He outlined UNISON’s formal response to the bill and the wide ranging action plan to mobilise the union to campaign against the bill, engage with members and prepare for the future in a strategy to “defeat, disrupt or dilute” the measures proposed. It was agreed that the strategy would be widely circulated.
“This government is trying to inflict a fatal wound on trade unions, and so on UNISON. We need to ensure they cannot succeed. It will take every one of us, working together as one united union,” he said.
“The TUC demonstration in Manchester on 4 October and the mass lobby of Parliament on 2 November will be the first opportunities to show our strength.”