Unite leadership candidate Ian Allinson says “This is a three horse race”

Candidates in the Unite General Secretary election campaign have today received official confirmation of branches and workplaces that nominated them.Photo of Ian Allinson

Ian Allinson, the only grassroots candidate in the election, received a total of 97 nominations including 21 workplace nominations.

Allinson said:

“This election is clearly a three horse race. The number of nominations I have is very impressive for a grassroots candidate”.

“The other two candidates are well placed in the union machine, Len McCluskey is the incumbent General Secretary and Gerard Coyne has been West Midlands Regional Secretary for fifteen years. Their campaigns have funding and resources to match.”

“We live in an era of political upsets – we should rule nothing out in this election. Gerard Coyne doesn’t seem to be quite the right wing threat that the press have been talking up.”

“My nominations have come from members who want to see a more serious fightback and workplace issues brought forward in the union. They come from members who want brave leadership on issues they care about, green jobs, defending of refugees and migrants, and improving equality and diversity within Unite itself”.

Yesterday Ian Allinson was on the picket line at his own workplace, Fujitsu in Manchester, as part of a national strike over job cuts, union recognition, pay and pensions.

On Saturday Allinson will join the #ourNHS demonstration in central London.


Notes to editors:

Nominations by candidate as published on the unitetheunion.org website are available here: http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/record-number-of-nominations-in-unite-general-secretary-election-2017/

Prior to this election Len McCluskey is the incumbent General Secretary and Gerard Coyne is West Midlands Regional Secretary.

Ian is available for interview.

For more information call 07985 438 553 or contact contact ian4unite@gmail.com.

Ian Allinson has accepted nomination for Unite General Secretary, having secured the required support from branches and workplaces. Further information about his campaign is at www.ian4unite.org. Voting takes place 27 March – 19 April. The other candidates in the election are Len McCluskey, the current General Secretary, and Gerard Coyne, Regional Secretary for the West Midlands.

Further information about the Fujitsu dispute is here: https://ouruniontest.wordpress.com/fujitsu-national-dispute/

Branches which nominated Ian Allinson:

Branch Branch name
EM/DE51 CMA Chesterfield
EM/LE17 Benson Box
EM/NN02 Kuehne & Nagel
EM/NN14 Barclays Works Branch Northants
LE/00002 Community Essex Area Branch
LE/00009 Community Barnet Branch
LE/0020 Brent Community Branch
LE/0040M National Institute of Agricultural Botany
LE/0694M Clerkenwell & St. Pancras
LE/152 Redbridge Council
LE/229 Stagecoach Cambridge
LE/406 Norfolk & Suffolk EEE Sector
LE/491 Arriva London South – Croydon
LE/537 Arriva London North – Wood Green
LE/621 Cambridge RTC
LE/7101L Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
LE/7105L South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
LE/7129E Marshalls Aerospace – Cambridge
LE/7157E Selex Galileo Luton
LE/7340E North Cambs GEMS Sector
LE/7355E South Cambs GEMS Sector
LE/7383E E2V Technologies Chelmsford
LE/LS17 South West London Financial Services
LE/LS23 RBS Central London Campus
LE/RM009 Retired Members – Luton
NE/203/5 Tyneside – EEE Sectoral Branch
NE/300/20 Sheffield Area RTC Sectoral Branch
NE/302/24 Arriva Selby
NE/302/27 Go Ahead (Percy Main Dep)
NE/401/9 First Direct Branch
NE/403/5 Sheffield Not for Profit
NE/404/19 Hartlepool Construction sector branch
NE/404/5 Carlton Main Brickworks
NE/405/22 Pegler Yorkshire Group Ltd
NE/406/33 SCA Prudhoe Unite
NE/407/27 Hull City & East Riding Local Authority Branch
NE/408/2 Leeds Teaching Hospitals
NE/999/6 York Retired Members Branch
NE/AGS/1 Manufacturing and Service Energy & Construction sectors – Scunthorpe Area
NE/COM/1 Community Bradford/Halifax & Huddersfield Branch
NE/GEO/11 Leeds Geographical Branch (CHECK SECTOR)
NE/GEO/24 Doncaster Geographical Branch
NI/B0044 Translink Engineering
NW/0152M Liverpool University
NW/113 E U Diodes (Zetek) – Oldham
NW/353 Bury Commercial Branch
NW/389 Manchester Social Action #2
NW/51 Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
NW/55 Fujitsu – North West
NW/5504 SCA Hygiene Products Ltd – Stubbins Mill
RI/0002M University Of Limerick
RI/0615 Meath
SC/100C9 Glasgow/Renfrewshire area Community
SC/156/410 Education
SC/164/404 Greater Glasgow Electrical Plumbing and Mechanical Branch
SC/60/115 G E Caledonian Ltd
SE/6113 BOC – Fawley
SE/6134 University Of Surrey
SE/6264 Ericsson (DAMOVO)
SE/6286 Southampton General Hospital
SW/001408 Bristol Area Health Sector Branch
SW/052408 Jersey Area Health Sector Branch
SW/338500 Community Devon Branch
SW/8096 Bristol CC-Central Support Serv & Red Book
SW/8112 Friends Life Centre
WA/B1052 Cardiff & Vale University Local Health Board
WA/B3052 Pembrokeshire County Council
WM/6050 Coventry & Warwickshire Local
WM/7212 Babcock DSG Donnington
WM/7248 Big Lottery Fund
WM/7688 H and K Equipment Ltd

Workplaces which nominated Ian Allinson:

Workplace Name
Translink Engineering, Newry
St Michaels Hospital
Fujitsu – Man 34
Balfour Beatty Engineering at Chivas Bros Ltd
Fujitsu – Stevenage
Trust Headquarters University Hospitals Bristol
CSC [Chesterfield]
Fujitsu (Solihull)
Stagecoach Bus – Midlands Leamington Spa
Ontic Engineering & Manuacturing UK Ltd
Fujitsu (WAR 08)
Advising London
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Rosyth Dockyard
CSC Computer Sciences Lts [Samlesbury]
Tealing 275/132KV Substation
Pearson Education
Fujitsu Services Ltd [Bracknell]
CSC (Leeds)
Fujitsu Services Wakefield
British Psychological Society