Candidates set out stalls in Unite leadership election

Unite logoThe two declared candidates in Unite’s general secretary election have launched their campaign websites.

Len McCluskey, who stood down as general secretary so he could stand for re-election, says he will stand on his record of achievement. His challenger, West Midlands regional secretary Gerard Coyne, says he wants to defend and protect members at work.

Len McCluskey said: “Under my leadership, Unite is united, working collectively to ensure our union is fit for the future. We can be proud of what we have built together – Britain and Ireland’s largest, most progressive voice for ordinary men and women.

“Let’s build on this tremendous achievement. Let’s stand together to face head on these challenging times.”

Gerard Coyne said: “My priority is making a real difference for you rather than playing Westminster power games. It’s time we changed the union to reflect our members’ priorities. A union that puts your concerns first to achieve decent treatment, safety and security at work, and better living standards for you and your family. With your help, we can make it happen.

“Vote for me to be our fresh start and I will work tirelessly to protect jobs, families and livelihoods.”

Nominations close on February 27th,  with ballot papers being distributed on March 27th and the result announced on April 28th. Jerry Hicks, who stood against McCluskey last time, is understood to be thinking of standing again.

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