The new leader of the UK’s largest trade union said the disaster that unfolded in care homes during the pandemic highlights the need for more investment in public services. Unison union elects first female leader, in boost for Keir Starmer. Get a round-up of stories from The Sunday Post every week. 11:07am, Mon 11 Jan 2021 ... Starmer urges Government to negotiate with Biden to remove whisky tariffs Thu 21 Jan. What the papers say – January 21 Subscribe for only £5.49 a month and enjoy all the benefits of the printed paper as a digital replica. He and his colleagues were not just unhappy at Mr Corbyn's treatment by the party leadership but the elevation of another Beckett - Dame Margaret - to the chair of the NEC rather than a more left-wing member, trade unionist Ian Murray. The disaster that has been the care sector must surely be a warning that this can’t go and something drastic has to be done about the care service.”. That is likely to be met with relief by those around Sir Keir. 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Brussels wants the power to freeze British companies, and especially the fishing industry, out of the Brexit trade deal and the Single Market, if EU fishermen are shut out of UK waters in the future. He hopes to be the first candidate from a BAME background to take the top job. 3h. Christina McAnea has won the Unison election and becomes Unison’s first female General Secretary. His chances of victory may be undermined by the fact that two other candidates - Paul Holmes and Hugo Pierre - have also been competing for the Left vote. Unite is the biggest trade union funder of the Labour Party so whoever succeeds Len McCluskey as general secretary could determine how generous, or otherwise, it is in its contributions. “It’s the first time a woman is general secretary of one of the large industrial unions, so yes, it is a big deal and I think it will make a difference. Unison general secretary Christina McAnea said: “It’s shocking to see that care and NHS staff are paying such a tragic price for doing their jobs. Next week, I'm told, a new grouping in the union will be formed - Workers' Unite. Under its outgoing leader Dave Prentis, the union backed Sir Keir Christina McAnea, one of the union’s assistant general secretaries, faces a challenge from counterpart Roger McKenzie, who has been backed by Corbyn. Many are still exhausted from the first wave and are going through it all over again. Christina McAnea is currently an Assistant General Secretary for UNISON and previously the head of its NHS division. Breaking news headlines about Chris Whitty, linking to 1,000s of sources around the world, on NewsNow: the one-stop shop for breaking news She takes up the post on 22 January. He led a left-wing walkout (or a zoom 'switch off') from the NEC in November, denouncing what he called "Keir Starmer's factionalism". Ms McAnea, who was brought up in Glasgow, the daughter of a labourer and a dinner lady, said the pandemic had also highlighted under-investment in public services. Scot becomes general secretary with 47% of vote, seeing off challengers from left of Labour movement Ms McAnea grew up in the Drumchapel housing estate. McAnea, una donne eletta nel maggior sindacato inglese . Sit Keir Starmer says it "should not have taken social media to shame the PM into action" over free school meals. She has a strong background as a negotiator and has shown little interest in internal Labour politics, but is expected to be broadly supportive of the party's current leadership. Shamefully, Keir Starmer refused to back the NEU until given the go-ahead by Boris Johnson, giving Starmer the dubious accolade of being one of the few Labour leaders to have been outflanked on the left by the Tories on workers’ rights. Christina McAnea, who was an assistant general secretary at the union, won 47% of the vote, seeing off three challengers from the left of the Labour movement. She has faced a strong challenge from another assistant general secretary - Roger Mackenzie - who has the backing of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Paddy Lillis, USDAW. Will it make a difference? Unison assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Coronavirus is putting untold pressures on the NHS but the health and well-being of staff is a major concern. And she argues that Ms Graham's willingness not just to negotiate with big employers - such as British Airways - but to stand on picket lines in local disputes will help build solid support among grassroots activists. The expectation is that one of the assistant general secretaries, Christina McAnea, will prevail and become the first woman to lead the union. And developments are expected soon in the country's second biggest union - Unite. My campaign was ‘vote for me because of my experience and what I bring to the job’, which is I’ve been the lead negotiator for the union for many years. 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A friendly set of union general secretaries could be a major boost for Starmer as he seeks to develop his leadership this year. “Keeping the rest of us safe is putting these workers at greater risk. “It’s more about bringing my experience, but obviously being a woman it means you come at things slightly differently. And Sir Keir can currently rely on support from the union's representatives on Labour's ruling National Executive Committee (NEC). Biden to halt new drilling on federal lands, Boeing 737 Max cleared to fly in Europe after crashes, Why convicting Trump just got a lot harder, When your 'pandemic puppy' doesn't work out, Dave Grohl: 'I dreamt I was shot in the back', The comic in jail for jokes he didn't crack, A raccoon, pony and other White House pets. We have a charity at Unison called There For You, which gives grants to members who need it for things like school uniforms or have a major crisis on their hands. “In an effort to drive down costs, you slash and burn pay and conditions for staff, which means you end up with huge vacancy levels and a huge turnover of staff. The Glasgow-born negotiator has shown little interest in internal Labour machinations but is expected to be broadly supportive of Sir Keir Starmer, the party leader. Video. Keir Starmer calls for immediate lockdown in England as Covid cases soar ... Unison union elects Christina McAnea as its first female leader. 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Christina McAnea, who was an assistant general secretary at the union, took 47 per cent of the vote in the race to succeed Dave Prentis, defeating candidates backed by former party leader Jeremy Corbyn and ex-shadow chancellor John McDonnell. But in a low-turnout vote, Roger McKenzie, a … That’s what happens, I think, when you leave what is essentially a public service almost entirely up to the market. Who's behind the recent killings in Iraq? Trade Union. Christina McAnea elected first woman to lead UK’s biggest trade union Christina McAnea (PA Media) By The Newsroom. This result will come as a relief to Prentis fans, as well as those of Keir Starmer as McAnea is expected to follow a similar political line to Prentis who endorsed Starmer and voted in his favour on the national executive committee. Sarà a capo di Unison, la federazione con 1,4 milioni di iscritti nel settore pubblico. She won almost half the votes in a ballot of members, beating three other candidates. It is crucial that the left in the union stand a united slate of candidates on a fighting programme as members work on the front line in the pandemic. Christina McAnea, one of the union’s assistant general secretaries, faces a challenge from counterpart Roger McKenzie, who has been backed by Corbyn. In the care sector, most of them will be earning less than £10 an hour. Ms McAnea said it would be up to their union’s members how they voted on independence. What happens to your body in extreme heat? But if the Left territory in the union is going to be fought over, Mr Coyne seems to have calculated that he could - in a first-past-the-post contest - prevail. This time round that may not be the case, but again that would be entirely for our members in Scotland.”. © DC Thomson Co Ltd 2021. We never had holidays or things like that. There will be no central diktat. But, Mr Mackenzie's campaign was given a fillip when Mr Corbyn was suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party, giving him a defining rallying cry. Under its outgoing leader Dave Prentis, the union backed Sir Keir Starmer's successful Labour leadership bid. “Perhaps because of his legal training, Keir has that forensic ability to go through issues and hold the Prime Minister to account.”. Keir Starmer will put forward a motion saying "all existing employment rights and protections must be maintained, ... Christina McAnea, Unison. Ms McAnea said: “I think Keir has had a good first year. In January 2021, she was elected as general secretary of Unison, and succeeds Dave Prentis, who is retiring after 20 years. Her mother Chrissie was a school cleaner and dinner lady, and her father William, a labourer, left when she was 11. And recent changes to how the membership elects its nine representatives to the committee are guaranteed to further weaken the Labour left’s hold. It feels to me that we have been behind the curve the whole time with the pandemic, with governments – particularly the Westminster government – reacting slowing to things. She said: “We lived a hand-to-mouth existence, as my mother described it. This grouping - made up of grassroots activists - is likely to morph in to a campaign to support Sharon Graham when a formal contest gets under way. Shamefully, Keir Starmer refused to back the NEU until given the go-ahead by Boris Johnson, giving Starmer the dubious accolade of being one of the few Labour leaders to have been outflanked on the left by the Tories on workers’ rights. Poverty is still very real in this country.”. You can’t save money when you’re earning £10 an hour. She is the union's executive officer for "organising and leverage", who has overseen successful industrial disputes and would be the first female general secretary were she to succeed. Victory in Unison: Starmer and Labour moderates celebrate Christina McAnea win - The Hound for Reaction The UK’s largest trade union has elected its first female leader, handing a significant victory to the forces of moderation … The Independent. But Ms Smith believes any campaign for the leadership of the union would appeal beyond that base by focusing on "the members' priorities: jobs, pay and terms and conditions. “You end up with a workforce that has had no investment and therefore no training. Christina McAnea won 47.7% of the vote and takes over as general secretary from Dave Prentis, who has been in the job since 2001. Unison boss stepping down after 20 years in role, Unite decides to cut Labour affiliation money, Stop wrangling over Corbyn, unions tell Labour, AstraZeneca-EU row escalates over vaccine shortage. “Keeping the rest of us safe is putting these workers at greater risk. Read about our approach to external linking. Dave Ward, CWU. By Iain WatsonPolitical correspondent, BBC News. “What has been so obvious to me, and I hope it has been for others and politicians, is that without public service workers we would never get through something as drastic as this. ... which resulted in a split vote and a victory for Christina McAnea. © 2021 BBC. A new school uniform, a pair of shoes or something in the house breaking down and needing repaired was a big issue. This unacceptable situation must end.” RMT has called for transport workers to be a priority for vaccination. 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Not contemplating our belly buttons.". VideoWho's behind the recent killings in Iraq? She said: “All we have to do is look to see what’s happened in the care sector. E' una vittoria del leader Labour Keir Starmer The last time our members and executive in Scotland decided to remain neutral and we supported that. ... Christina McAnea, will prevail and become the first woman to lead the union. Seen as an anti-Corbyn candidate by many members of Labour's parliamentary party last time round, he unsuccessfully challenged the union's internal electoral processes following his defeat in what was a particularly bitter contest. Christina McAnea elected Unison general secretary in boost for Keir Starmer 11 Jan 2021, noon Most analysis of Sir Keir Starmer’s relationship with the trade unions that fund, staff and to a large extent control the Labour Party focuses on the moods of Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite. There’s a different dynamic because most of the unions that we deal with are still fairly male-dominated. AstraZeneca-EU row escalates over vaccine shortage1, Gymnast's 'black excellence' routine goes viral2, Arrivals from Covid hotspots face hotel quarantine3, Juno actor Elliot Page to divorce Emma Portner4, Why convicting Trump just got a lot harder5, England's schools will not reopen before March6, Biden raises election meddling in call with Putin7, Boeing 737 Max cleared to fly in Europe after crashes8, Vaccine plant evacuated over suspicious package9, Bank boss gets $10m pay cut for Malaysia scandal10. Starmer has his preferred general secretary, David Evans, in office and a majority on the ruling National Executive Committee. She said: “This is a decision for our members in Scotland. Warren Kenny, GMB. One of the leading figures behind Workers' Unite is Kathy Smith, a member of the union's executive representing local government workers. Under its outgoing leader Dave Prentis, the union backed Sir Keir Starmer's successful Labour leadership bid. Di particolare rilevanza è stata in settimana l’elezione di Christina McAnea a capo del più grande sindacato britannico, Unison. According to its launch literature, a major theme of the Workers' Unite campaign will be to "move beyond internal Labour Party politics" and "to always prioritise the workplace". Early life and education. Unison, the UK's biggest trade union, has elected a woman as leader for the first time. Christina McAnea (born 1958) is a British trade union leader. Starmer warns of council tax ‘bombshell’ facing families PA Media ... Unison union elects Christina McAnea as its first female leader The Guardian. Christina McAnea is the favourite to succeed Dave Prentis, and to become the first woman to lead the union. While the potential successors have agreed not to campaign openly, insiders say there has been something of a "phoney war" going on. “And whenever there’s an economic crisis, it feels like the Westminster government will always look to squeeze the public sector and public service workers when they’re trying to make cuts.”. Christina McAnea assumes the role as general secretary after winning 47.7% of the vote. As she takes over as the new UNISON general secretary, she is the first woman to lead one of the country’s major unions. Mr McCluskey still has not announced exactly when he will stand down and can stay in office until next year, but the election contest to succeed him is expected to take place this year. But in a low-turnout vote, Roger McKenzie, a … ... which resulted in a split vote and a victory for Christina McAnea. 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. Unison, the UK's biggest trade union, will have a woman at its helm for the first time. Who's behind the recent killings in Iraq? She said: “We want to see continued investment in public services and we want to see public sector workers recognised and rewarded fairly for what they’re doing. Unison general secretary Christina McAnea said: “It’s shocking to see that care and NHS staff are paying such a tragic price for doing their jobs. The former head of health and assistant general secretary at UNISON tells union-news.co.uk : “I’m slightly bemused that we’re still at that stage. Starmer and the union “barons” were all on the same side. Christina McAnea is the favourite to succeed Dave Prentis, and to become the first woman to lead the union. She has said she would stand when there is a vacancy. Ms McAnea has represented health and social care workers during the pandemic and said the crisis had only underlined the importance of public services and the need to protect them. Who's behind the recent killings in Iraq? “But I didn’t campaign specifically on ‘vote for me because I’m a woman’ as I thought it was obvious that’s what I am. Read about our approach to external linking. Starmer l’ha appoggiata per tutta la sua campagna, resasi necessaria dopo le dimissioni dell’ex leader della union, Dave Prentis, che aveva appoggiato Sir Keir nella corsa alla leadership del Partito. Starmer said he would work with whoever won the Scottish Labour leadership election and insisted the party would be “utterly focused” on May’s Holyrood contest despite the internal battle. The outcome of the contest could have consequences for that support. ... Christina McAnea, assistant general secretary, has notched up more than 100 nominations so far. By Andrew Woodcock, Andrew Woodcock. It’s been good to see an effective opposition against Boris Johnson at Westminster. McAnea was elected with 47% of the vote, with the remaining 53% of the vote being split across 3 differing left-wing candidates. Unison, one of Labour’s biggest donors, was the first union to back Sir Keir Starmer’s campaign to become the party’s leader after Jeremy Corbyn stepped down last year. While Christina McAnea, the candidate supported by outgoing general secretary Dave Prentis, has won, the potential has been shown for the union's right wing to be defeated. This is more important than ever, in order to challenge the new general secretary Christina McAnea. Today, Christina McAnea makes history. This unacceptable situation must end.” RMT has called for transport workers to be a priority for vaccination. Keir Starmer is Ignoring the Few Lessons He Could Learn From Joe Biden by Aaron Bastani Report ... Christina McAnea’s Unison Victory is a Lesson for the Left by Charlie Macnamara Opinion ‘Starmerism’ is Failing on Its Own Terms – And Members Need to Lead the Way by Callum Cant The candidate Len McCluskey beat in the Unite leadership election in 2017 - Gerard Coyne - has thrown his hat in the ring again. “Whenever there is a major crisis in this country, it is always the public service workers who rise to the occasion, turning up, going into work and putting themselves at risk. Unlike Mr Turner, he has been an outspoken critic of Sir Keir and is one of the union's representatives on Labour's NEC. All Rights Reserved. This must be the message ahead of the NEC elections, which are due to begin at the start of February. Another assistant general secretary - Howard Beckett - complained that there were irregularities in the United Left ballot which backed Mr Turner and he will challenge for the top job from the Left. 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