He has reached the threshold to make it onto the ballot paper, with far more than the 25 branch nominations required. In the five general secretary campaigns so far, even though employees only make up 0.001% of the total base of the union, they make up 100% of those who have been elected to the position of general secretary. Paul Holmes is currently suspended from his employer and the union, reportedly for different allegations. Published Tue 11 Aug 2020. The programme produced by the Holmes campaign in August will need to be developed as part of the campaign. Our members receive our essential cover and support, have access to exclusive benefits and can take advantage of many training opportunities. The campaign needs to centre on issues immediately relevant to members, including a 15% rise in NHS pay and a national strategy of insourcing. It should aim to build a network of activists for change whoever wins the election. 232 talking about this. He knows UNISON nationally is not delivering for members. As you may know already, Dave Prentis is retiring as UNISON general secretary at the end of the year, and an election is currently underway. Find out more. A single left candidate would have won the Unison election. We know Unison has suspended key activists and shut down branches in a witch-hunt against militants or left-wingers. Several activists have been suspended from Kirklees branch and as yet they have not received the charges from Unison. 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. The Unison national website has publicised an invitation to retired members (who make up an eighth of Unison’s membership) to hear from only one of the candidates, McAnea, at their online conference in October. Paul Holmes - 45,220 (33.76%) Roger McKenzie – 14,450 (10.79%) Hugo Pierre – 10,382 (7.75%) As there are over 1.3 million members in Unison, this means approximately only 10% of members voted. Unison general secretary candidate Paul Holmes. UNISON – the biggest union in the public sector in Britain – is having an election for General Secretary in the immediate aftermath of the general election. This will replace the current system where our members in these sectors are often hard to service by branches who themselves are under pressure with not enough resources. This website uses cookies, you can find out more and set your preferences here. The remaining left candidate is Paul Holmes. Twitter. For a democratic, effective, militant union. Unison general secretary election shows left can win NEC ... 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. Paul Holmes - 45,220 (33.76%) Roger McKenzie – 14,450 (10.79%) Hugo Pierre – 10,382 (7.75%) As there are over 1.3 million members in Unison, this means approximately only 10% of members voted. Mr Holmes was suspended by Kirklees Council, his employer. Paul’s suspension from the union and by his employer is bound to be raised during the campaign. By continuing to use this website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions. Hugo Pierre is a respectworthy rank-and-file activist, but the Socialist Party are running a sectarian campaign with little rank and file perspective. But Kirklees Unison branch secretary Paul Holmes said yesterday that the Tories were attacking the unions. Only our campaign is by members and for members – to elect #TheMembersCandidate #Paul4GenSec #TimeForRealChange. We know Unison has suspended key activists and shut down branches in a witch-hunt against militants or left-wingers. His campaign provides the possibility for activists to link up and build an organisation which goes beyond the narrow confines of Unison Action, which has thus far been only a precarious electoral alliance. View the profiles of people named Paul Holmes. Unison union elects first female leader, in boost for Keir Starmer. Voting in the ballot was as follows (in alphabetical order): Paul Holmes 45, 220 (33.76%) Our nomination for General Secretary At Branch Committee Meeting last month, we agreed to nominate Paul Holmes for the upcoming General Secretary elections because: ... Paul is popular across UNISON and can win! Paul Holmes has proposed policies to shift the power balance in the union. Yet more activists who've given years of their lives to represent members. Paul Holmes – 102 branches, two regions, one service group Hugo Pierre – 31 branches The nominations process saw a significant rise in branch turnout, with 458 of UNISON's 834 participating branches nominating a candidate compared to just 373 branches casting nominations in … Paul Holmes. This is similar to previous years (the last leadership election was less than 10%). Paul Holmes’ campaign has been holding virtual meetings based on Regions and Service Groups of the union. The prospective list of candidates for election as General Secretary are: Paul Holmes, Christina McAnea, Roger McKenzie, Hugo Pierre and Peter Sharma. McAnea won with 47.7 per cent of the vote. By continuing to use this website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions. Although he has the support of Corbyn and some left activists, McKenzie is, in practice, not a candidate of the left. His campaign has focused on making the union more militant and less bureaucratic. As the campaign has gone on, Paul Holmes has picked up increasing support from across the union. ... McDonnell-backed rival Paul Holmes, who took second place with 34 per cent, has called for Corbyn’s reinstatement. Search for: Recent Posts. This is the first time a rank and file candidate has got the nomination of the Service Group. A united left candidature should certainly not be pre-conditioned on McKenzie’s cooperation. He won the endorsement of the union’s Broad Left, UNISON Action, as their candidate for general secretary. Find out more. We call on Hugo Pierre, who only just got the minimum required number of nominations (25), to withdraw in favour of Holmes. Paul Holmes, veteran branch secretary of Kirklees Unison, branch chairman Nick Ruff and assistant branch secretary Cath Kinder were all suspended last December. I find it difficult to vote for Paul at the moment because of his suspension, especially as he has failed to make any statement or explanation. Unison union elects first female leader, in boost for Keir Starmer. The Socialist Party’s Hugo Pierre has announced the support of thirteen branches and may not make it to the threshold. We’ve nominated Paul Holmes for 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 Read More » Division costs elections. Paul is a member of UNISON’s national executive committee and secretary of Kirklees local — Alan Gibbons (@mygibbo) January 11, 2021 Paul Holmes, currently a UNISON national executive council member for local government, joined the race after receiving the endorsement of UNISON Action Broad Left, the union’s grassroots left-wing grouping, in August. Paul serves as employee benefits counsel to large and mid-sized companies across many industries, including financial, food/beverage, healthcare, and law. Eventbrite - Paul Holmes #Paul4NEC presents Bring the union back to its members: NEC Elections 2021 - Thursday, 28 January 2021 - Find event and ticket information. Christina McAnea has today (Monday) been elected as the new general secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest union. Mr Ruff and Ms Kinder were suspended by Unison. Paul Holmes. ... McDonnell-backed rival Paul Holmes, who took second place with 34 per cent, has called for Corbyn’s reinstatement. not giving someone medicines who was dying from the lack of them, not feeding someone when food was being wasted, denying them water when there was fresh water in abundance). UNISON’s Local Government Service Group Executive (SGE) has nominated Paul Holmes for General Secretary. The decision was made at an online hustings and nomination meeting on 15 September. Published Tue 12 Jan 2021. 23rd October 2020 admin Local, National, News, UNISON Campaign. Paul Holmes, NEC member representing members in local government and Secretary of UNISON’s Kirklees Branch, is a prominent Labour left-winger in the union with a strong record of representing workers over decades. News Politics Young people today can't imagine the job security we used to have in the 1970s, says Yorkshire's Unison General Secretary hopeful Paul Holmes Paul Holmes – 102 branches, two regions, one service group Hugo Pierre – 31 branches The nominations process saw a significant rise in branch turnout, with 458 of UNISON's 834 participating branches nominating a candidate compared to just 373 branches casting nominations in … The prospective list of candidates for election as General Secretary are: Paul Holmes, Christina McAnea, Roger McKenzie, Hugo Pierre and Peter Sharma. UNISON Living. Christina McAnea has today been elected as general secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest union. Tubeworker (London Underground) (bulletin), Off the Rails (national rail workers) (bulletin), Off the Rails (national rail workers) (blog), Notts Off the Rails (Nottingham rail workers) (bulletin), On Guard (Sheffield rail workers) (bulletin). After listening and questioning the candidates we decided to nominate Paul Holmes for 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 … Holmes has nominations from 106 branches, the largest region (North West), South East region, and the largest Service Group (Local Government) — significantly more nominations that any previous rank-and-file candidate in Unison’s history. 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. Mr Holmes was suspended by Kirklees Council, his employer. After listening and questioning the candidates we decided to nominate The nomination period for General Secretary of the big public services union Unison closed on 25 September. Four candidates qualified to enter the ballot (28 October to 27 November): two rank-and-file candidates, Paul Holmes and Hugo Pierre, and two assistant general secretaries, Roger McKenzie and Christina McAnea. John McDonnell is playing a central part in his campaign, and he has the support of much of the Labour and far left. Elections from General Holmes Message Paul Personal Secretary UNISON First of all, I would like to thank everybody who supported me in this general secretary election campaign . 2021 will see an election for General Secretary of the big cross-sector union Unite. He has also been nominated by the Local Government Service Group, the largest service group in the Union. Is this ethical. The background of the Covid pandemic, the usual low turnout in these elections (10% in 2015), and the abject failure of the current leadership to challenge the government, mean a dynamic campaign could stir up new activity in the union. The three contenders were Paul Holmes, Karen Reissmann and Hugo Pierre. Paul Holmes statement on misuse of UNISON Disciplinary procedures Recently four more activists have been suspended for varying periods (Glenn Kelly, Suzanne Muna, Onay Kasab and Brian Debus). Barnet UNISON branch nominated Paul Holmes for General Secretary because he wants UNISON to change.. • A clear dividing line between elected officials and employed staff. At least one branch has been flouting the rules by publicising the NEC and Service Groups’ support for McAnea. How can he be eligible to now be a candidate for Unison General Secretary whilst the branch suspension is still in place? This is similar to previous years (the last leadership election was less than 10%). Paul Holmes Unison NEC Representative & Kirklees Branch Secretary speaking from a personal capacity at "What Now for Local Government?" Paul Holmes. He won the endorsement of the union’s Broad Left, UNISON Action, as their candidate for general secretary. We know even in Labour Councils, employers victimise trade unionists through disciplinary processes. UNISON NEC Candidate 2021, Kirklees UNISON Branch Secretary and Labour Party member. Our branch knows the candidates well. Bertolt Brecht, the German dramatist and poet, famously expounded that there were many ways to kill someone, but only some were illegal (i.e. The Alliance for Workers' Liberty is an organisation fighting as part of the labour movement for a socialist alternative to both capitalism and Stalinism, based on common ownership and democracy. Also like Dave Prentis in 2015, McAnea’s campaign seems hell-bent on maximum use of bureaucratic advantage and regular breaches of election rules. 2021 will see an election for General Secretary of the big cross-sector union Unite. From that experience in dealing with suspensions from work it is not something frivolous and indeed suspension from the union must be serious to warrant such a course of action and investigation. Read online at https://workersliberty.org/node/36111, Submitted by AWL on 16 September, 2020 - 9:13, Right-winger Coyne declares for Unite election. After the strong left vote in the election for Unison general secretary, what next? UNISON’s Local Government Service Group Executive (SGE) has nominated Paul Holmes for General Secretary. General Secretary Election – Southend nominates Paul Holmes. Facebook. There is growing noise in the labour movement and more widely around the issue of sick pay... What are the lessons of the Unison General Secretary election? Posted on 10th May 2010 // Uncategorised // 5 Comments. • Unified pay claims across sectors with a minimum wage of £15 per hour, • An anti-austerity campaign for decent jobs and pay, proper training and affordable homes for all, • Fight racism, sexism, and all discrimination, • A green agenda for Unison, including an audit of the use of company cars by the union and the promotion of green travel, • A racism audit of Unison, taking inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement, and so the allegations at the heart of the Labour Leaks scandal can be dealt with, • A leadership school with real investment so we can bring on a new generation of leaders, • Selling Unison’s two “prestige” office buildings in central London and re-investing the proceeds into branches and organising, and a new more functional HQ in the Midlands with good transport links, • 50% of members’ subscriptions income going to the branches, • A fully-funded, massive plan of action, driven by the branches, to improve collective bargaining rights in the community/private sectors. Grassroots-left challenger for the leadership of the giant Unison union, Paul Holmes, was robbed of the chance to win the nomination of the union’s national executive committee (NEC) by a mid-meeting change to the voting rules, according to a former NEC member. The Service Group meetings could feed in proposals for demands and industrial strategy in each sector. #UNISON Election 2020: Vote for Paul Holmes! Paul Holmes, veteran branch secretary of Kirklees Unison, branch chairman Nick Ruff and assistant branch secretary Cath Kinder were all suspended last December. UNISON – the biggest union in the public sector in Britain – is having an election for General Secretary in the immediate aftermath of the general election. To save file, right click on "Download" link, "Save Link As" and enter the name for this file. Support is growing for Paul Holmes to be the next Unison union general secretary. UNISON and NEU point out Government Minister is wrong about legal advice on safety; This can best be implemented by an elected lay General Secretary and the election of Assistant General Secretaries and Regional Secretaries. UNISON election – Paul Holmes is the candidate who can build a left wing. News Politics Young people today can't imagine the job security we used to have in the 1970s, says Yorkshire's Unison General Secretary hopeful Paul Holmes There is growing noise in the labour movement and more widely around the issue of sick pay... What are the lessons of the Unison General Secretary election? Paul Holmes is currently suspended from his employer and the union, reportedly for different allegations. 3 5 Download. If elected, Paul will not accept the £130,000 salary, but take his present salary of £32,000. UNISON Welfare. This website uses cookies, you can find out more and set your preferences here. 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