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first_imgVote could bring swing to militancyOn 15 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The leadership of Britain’s biggest union could fall to a trade unionistwhose political beliefs include taking the top 150 FTSE companies into publicownership.Roger Bannister, a member of the hard left Socialist Party, is the principalopponent to the national executive choice in Unison’s election for generalsecretary which follows the decision of Rodney Bickerstaffe to stand down.The Socialist Party’s manifesto advocates a 35-hour working week, with noloss of pay and employment protection rights for all staff from day one ofemployment.Bannister’s election to the top job could mean a swing back towardsmilitancy to the detriment of partnership and modern industrial relationspractices.Bannister, who was expelled from the Labour Party in 1986 for belonging tothe Trotskyist group Militant Tendency, att-acked Tony Blair in his campaignstatement for putting “the interests of big business before the interestsof the working class”.The Knowsley branch secretary was nominated for election by one regionalcouncil and 66 branches. His opponent, deputy general secretary, Dave Prentis,is being backed by the national executive, eight regional councils and 278branches.But Bannister claims his opponent has underestimated opposition within theunion to a leader seen as “too close” to New Labour.The winner will be announced on February 28. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img