Monday, 10 December 2012

Linda Holden wins only contested SGE by-election

The results of the SGE by-election were announced today, and there is good news and bad news. The bad news (always start with the downer), is that out of 18 seats, only one was contested - which can never be a good sign for democracy. 

The good news is that the only contested seat was for the NW Higher Education female seat and Linda Holden took it. About time too! Linda is well known in the region as the Branch Secretary of Manchester Met branch and the HE sector nationally, as she is a vocal voice for a fighting, democratic UNISON, and a long-standing militant and a socialist. 

She assures me her manifesto was clearly to the left and anyone who's heard Linda speak will know she doesn't pull her punches. As I said before: it's good to have a mandate. Congrats!
A summary list of the newly elected members is available to download here: SGE byelection summary results (PDF)
A copy of the Scrutineer report is available to members and staff of UNISON on request. To request a copy, telephone UNISONdirect on 0845 355 0845. Lines are open 6am – midnight Monday – Friday and 9am – 4pm on Saturdays.

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