The final substantive page of the manifesto offers the following promise; This page then makes a series of sincere and worthy policy commitments with specific commitments and pledges to back them up. There is no way that a General Secretary can possibly “ensure” these outcomes and to promise to do so perpetuates the wrongheaded view that the Union is here to solve our problems, rather than help us to organise ourselves. Christina McAnea, from Drumchapel in Glasgow, has been elected as the first woman general secretary of Unison, the largest workers' body in the UK. Commenting on her election, Christina said: “I’m so grateful to everyone who voted for me and for the trust placed in me. First of all, in relation to “Resources for Branches and Regions”, Christina McAnea pledges that; “I will kickstart a modern organising strategy fit for the digital age.”. UNISON members have always been at the heart of everything I do, and as your General Secretary, you will always be my first priority. I will not let this Government, nor any future one, forget that. Every branch will be resourced for sustainable organising by investing in training for branch stewards, officers and activists. Christina McAnea has today been elected as general secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest union. Posted on 13 January 2021 13 January 2021 by Christina McAnea. branches (whilst more than hinting that the Union will recruit more such – centrally controlled - local organisers from amongst the already depleted ranks of our local activists.). It has strong aspirations to defend the interests of our members, but these are not supported by clarity as to how those aspirations might be achieved. Also standing are three people employed by the union on a full-time basis—Christina McAnea, Margaret Greer and Roger McKenzie. Saturday January 16 2021, 12.01am, The … Posted on 13 January 2021 13 January 2021 by Christina McAnea. This College will mean that belonging to our union helps members get on in life and is essential to secure our members‘ futures. I will ensure that your union is ‘there for you’ whether it’s advice and support, local representation, to resolve health and safety concerns or to campaign for you during your retirement. Roger McKenzie invites members to help draft his GS manifesto. Magnus Linklater. Regions will be resourced to sort out facility time for our activists. Sexism is as widespread in trade unions as among business executives and the corporate world, according to the new head of Britain’s biggest union. Hugo Pierre could well do so and Margaret Greer cannot be ruled out at this point. This is a sentence to which the 'The Law of the Ridiculous Reverse' applies. The care system is fragmented, underfunded and understaffed. UNISON’s national executive council has endorsed Christina McAnea to succeed Dave Prentis as the party-affiliated trade union’s general secretary by a narrow majority of four votes. Four candidates passed the 25 nominations … Her nearest competitor was Paul Holmes with 33.8 per cent. McAnea won with 47.7 per cent of the vote. Christina McAnea was last week elected as the new general secretary of Unison, the first woman to head one of Britain’s big four industrial unions. The second is quite simply fatuous – a worthy objective for which the manifesto offers no explanation of how it will be achieved. Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, SE1 9GF. and I. 894646. Please, Christina McAnea will take over as the first female leader of Unison this month. Community, work and home run through the manifesto like a stick of rock. UNISON General Secretary election - Christina McAnea's manifesto. On the next page, Christina McAnea promises; “I will ensure every member is supported by UNISON.”. The first and third of these slogans are the antithesis of what an organising Union would do, perpetuating the culture of dependence upon the full-time machine without devolving control over resources to branch level, where it is needed and belongs. The second sentence is another non-sequitur, since facility time depends not upon any amount of resources in a Regional office but upon the strength and organisation of our Union in the workplace. The resources which branches need in order to organise more effectively are the resources which they have been asking for. Posted in care Christina McAnea. What this amounts to, in practice is the following; As your General Secretary I will direct UNISON resources to ensure we achieve wider organising, support and representation in isolated workplaces in the care sector. Christina McAnea, Unison's incoming General Secretary, told the Mirror: "They gave us promises that this wouldn't happen but my worry is that they will revert to type. . Since any reader of this blog post will realise that I am not generally inclined to support Christina McAnea for UNISON General Secretary, you will realise that the absence of a further detailed critique of the section of her manifesto on, Outstanding complaints cast a shadow over UNISON General Secretary election result, UNISON National Executive Council elections - the case for unity on the left, The right has nothing as useful as these niche sites – Jim Jepps, Morning Star, The UNISON equivalent of Lord Sutch – Anonymous, UNISON Active, A card-carrying champion of the working class - John-Paul Flintoff, Sunday Times. Share. But what’s most interesting about the document (after an initial read of the 84 pages) is that it borrows a great deal of the language (and at times the politics) of “Blue Labour”. Christina McAnea. This offers a worthy objective, but no strategy or programme to achieve that objective. Christina is married, has two adult children and lives in South London. Here is a little preview of my pledges to every UNISON member. Roger McKenzie, supported by Jeremy Corbyn, came third with 14,450 votes and Hugo Pierre was last with 10,382 votes. (William Morris - A Dream of John Ball), UNISON General Secretary candidate, Christina McAnea has published. Scottish trade unionist Christina McAnea was triumphant yesterday as she was named the first woman head of Unison. UNISON General Secretary candidate, Christina McAnea has published a manifesto, as a service to regular readers of this blog (Sid and Doris UNISON-obsessive) I thought I would have a look at some of what that manifesto has to say. Our Future in UNISON: Vote Christina McAnea for UNISON General Secretary. Neither the Labour Party nor UNISON is responsible for the contents of this personal blog. Unison, the UK's biggest trade union, has elected a woman as leader for the first time. UNISON’s General Secretary lacks the power to “direct resources” in the way that Christina McAnea hopes (and every occasion on which resources have been directed outside our lay structures has been disappointing – remember the. This is a non-sequitur. Christina McAnea Share. “It’s probably pretty much even,” Christina McAnea, the first woman to be elected general secretary of Unison, said. Christina McAnea 63,900 (47.7%) Roger McKenzie 14,450 (10.79%) Hugo Pierre 10,382 (7.75%). Overall, the manifesto is a mixed bag. The problem of how to organise hundreds of members across dozens of employers who do not recognise UNISON cannot be resolved by the provision of any amount of training but requires a rapid and decisive devolution of resources to branches. The first sentence hints at devolution to Regions without in fact making any definite commitment. “There’s always an element of sexism. Resources will be directed where they are needed most to fight for our members and to stand up for working class people. Mother-of-two Christina McAnea, who grew up on a council housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow, and left school at 16, beat three other candidates to succeed Dave Prentis as Unison general secretary. Division costs elections. Posted on 18 January 2021. She takes up her post on 22 January. , as a service to regular readers of this blog (Sid and Doris UNISON-obsessive) I thought I would have a look at some of what that manifesto has to say. It is strong on support for equality. But McAnea, the daughter of a Glasgow dinner lady, is the first woman to become its general secretary. UNISON General Secretary candidate, Christina McAnea has published a manifesto, as a service to regular readers of this blog (Sid and Doris UNISON-obsessive) I thought I would have a look at some of what that manifesto has to say. This page then makes a series of sincere and worthy policy commitments with specific commitments and pledges to back them up. Vote Christina for UNISON General Secretary Christina McAnea Biography Christina McAnea Wiki A civil servant who represented health A civil servant who represented health & welfare workers during Covid-19 crisis was elected the first woman Christina McAnea to lead the UK's largest union. The text on this page is again repeated as bullet points. That’s why it’s so important to resource our branches and regions properly so local reps can support and represent every member. Print / Translate Print page Translate page. Christina replaces Dave Prentis, who is retiring after 20 years as general secretary. I am now a retired member of UNISON. This holds that "if the opposite of a statement is plainly absurd, it was not worth making in the first place". In January 2021, she was elected as general secretary of Unison, and succeeds Dave Prentis, who is retiring after 20 years. ... which resulted in a split vote and a victory for Christina McAnea. She takes up the post on 22 January. The first sentence says nothing specific – but it strongly implies that members (who will be “supported to lead”) will not themselves be leading (in our “member-led” Union). UNISON’s Christina McAnea has received almost twice the branch nominations of the next closest candidate in the race to succeed retiring Dave Prentis as the party-affiliated trade union’s general secretary. Responding to the result, McAnea said: “I am delighted that my manifesto for the future of our union and for working to get a better deal for UNISON members is gaining support from branches across all sectors, all four nations and now the union’s national executive council.”. — Christina McAnea (@cmcanea) January 11, 2021 “Despite the risks, the immense pressures and their sheer exhaustion, the dedication and commitment of our key workers knows no end. For instance I was astonished when I was standing [for the union leadership] — there were five of us trying to get nominated . Ministers must deliver a long-term plan for the social care sector. Local organisers will be directed to branches to give immediate support and we will draw on the talents and experience of our activist base to deliver our future generation of local organisers. First of all, in relation to “Resources for Branches and Regions”, Christina McAnea pledges that; On the next page, Christina McAnea promises; The next page highlights the following promise; This offers a worthy objective, but no strategy or programme to achieve that objective. Where would that leave UNISON members who wanted to use their vote in the General Secretary election to achieve the best possible outcome to change our trade union for the better? As your General Secretary, I will establish a new National UNISON College, offering free and subsidised education and training opportunities for all members. The suggestion that Regions can “sort out” facility time perpetuates a debilitating culture of dependency of branches and lay activists upon the full-time machinery of the Union, which cannot take us forward. 447 likes. Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, SE1 9GF. With 1.3 million members, the body is the biggest in the UK and 80% of the public sector workers it represents are female and in low-paying positions. A reader less kind than this blogger might wonder why the Assistant General Secretary “responsible for Bargaining, Negotiations and Equalities” who has “worked for UNISON members for over 25 years, negotiating better pay and conditions for you across all sectors” needs now to make such promise of a “new deal.”, The next page promises; “I will lead the fight for a universal Social Care Service.”. Notes to editors: – Photographs of Christina McAnea can be accessed here. She replaces Dave Prentis, who is retiring after 20 years as general secretary. Let’s see what detail supports this unwise – and undeliverable – pledge. Christina McAnea succeeds Dave Prentis, who is retiring after 20 years as general secretary of Unison. Print / Translate Print page Translate page. Christina McAnea has today (Monday) been elected as the new general secretary of UNISON – the first woman to head the UK’s largest union. “I wouldn’t say management were any worse than unions.”, She said that although attitudes have changed since she first joined the trade union movement 30 years ago, women still seemed to be held back in going for the top jobs. Registered in England No. 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%). The manifesto pledges to improve the accountability of private companies too, with a “right to own”, giving employees first refusal to buy the company they work for when it’s up for sale, and through comprehensive reform of corporate governance. Since this is a promise to say, rather than to do, it isn’t worth looking in detail at all the supporting text, which is – in any case – summarised in a single paragraph; I will stand with every member to demand a new deal that delivers dignity at work, sees pay and conditions that reflect your essential work and sustained long-term investment in all our public services. The second sentence begs the question of who will decide where resources are “most needed” (and will therefore “be directed”). Let’s look in a bit more detail at what this means; I will immediately develop an organising strategy that is fit for the modern world of work, with priorities agreed across all democratic structures of UNISON - not in years to come, but from day one. . Christina McAnea learnt an early lesson about a male-dominated world when she applied, as a young woman, to train as a journalist. An “organising strategy fit for the modern world of work” means everything and nothing, and to promise that it will be developed both “from day one” and that it will also be “agreed across all democratic structures of UNISON” is to make promises which any informed observer of UNISON will know cannot both be kept at once. Members will be supported to lead on organising initiatives to grow and build on UNISON’s strengths. Christina McAnea, Roger McKenzie and Paul Holmes seem certain to make the cut. If you work in public services and are not already a UNISON member phone 0845 355 0845 to join. Second, and frankly of more importance, however, was the left’s inability to increase turnout significantly due to a lack of organisation at the union’s base, which is in part a symptom of the declining rep numbers. Christina McAnea has been elected the General Secretary of Unison – the public services union. The union’s former assistant general secretary polled 63,900 votes, a share of 47.7 per cent, ahead of Paul Holmes, backed by former shadow chancellor John McDonnell, with 45,220 votes. The first sentence is merely pious. Our Future in UNISON. McAnea, who counts firebrand Clydeside leader Jimmy Reid as an inspiration, left school at 15 and later became a housing officer in the city of her birth. Early life and education. Brought up in Glasgow, the daughter of a labourer, she had left “Trade unions are like any organisation,” she said. Facebook Twitter Email More options. Christina McAnea (born 1958) is a British trade union leader. Roger McKenzie has invited UNISON’s 1.3 million members to collaborate on drafting the first crowd-sourced pledges in a campaign of its kind. Christina McAnea. This is the opposite of what UNISON branches need and require. Christina McAnea will take over as the first female leader of Unison this month. A reader less kind than this blogger might wonder why the Assistant General Secretary, This is also a promise worthy of a manifesto, and this time with the beginning of a suggestion as to how it might be achieved, although most of the rest of the manifesto (which fails to support meaningful devolution of resources to branch level) fails to point in the same direction. This text is repeated in a series of bullet points, and summarised in three slogans (with accompanying graphics) as follows; Local Organisers to lift the load on casework and support branches to build our union, Health and Safety reps in every workplace. Trade Unions are the only guarantee of dignity and justice in the workplace. Instead of devolving control over resources to elected lay officials at branch level, Christina McAnea is promising to “direct” (centrally employed) local organisers to (chosen?) These policies were part of Labour’s 2019 manifesto, as part of their Green Industrial Revolution, a pledge secured by Labour for a Green New Deal with the support of unions at Labour’s conference that year. – UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. The second, in the light of what has already been said above, does not appear to offer a meaningful change to branch funding (which is what is needed) and – taken together – this paragraph speaks to a “service model” rather than an “organising model” of trade unionism (in which the Union exists to “do things for” members rather than to enable members to do things themselves). Facebook Twitter Email More options. 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