From today, more than 1.1 million ballot papers for UNITE's triennial Executive Council elections will be arriving through members' letter boxes.
Our challenge is twofold - to encourage our members to vote in these crucially important elections; and secondly, to vote for the progressive and visionary left candidates who really want to take our union forward and make UNITE an even stronger and effective voice for our members. And that means United Left candidates, who are standing in every constituency.
United Left selected and backed Len McCluskey as our General Secretary in 2010. With a strong United Left majority on the Executive Council, together we have achieved much in a very short time:
• healing the rifts from a painful merger and creating a new united union, tolerant and inclusive, looking outwards and fighting for ALL our members
• creating a system of lay membership democracy which is better than either the TGWU or AMICUS i.e. workplace branches wherever possible; shop steward conferences in every sector; regional and national industrial sector committees; strong representative regional committees; area activist committees; regional and national political committees etc