Respect member Jerry Hicks is one of those who is in the running for the next General Secretary of the Unite trade union, the biggest in the country with some 2 milion members.
The union will be formed by a merger of the union Amicus and the TGWU and an election will be held for a new General Secretary in 2010.
Jerry ran earlier this year for the Geneal Secretary of Amicus as a rank and file candidate after he forced a ballot against the incumbent Derek Simpson.
Simpson had been elected in 2002 as “left” candidate against Blair’s favourite union leader Sir Ken Jackson. He proved to be a big let down and did not nothing to defend union members against Labour’s continuing neo-liberal offensive.
In a surpise result Jerry got 39,000 votes against Simpson (with the backing of the union machine) who won with 60,000.
A (rather dispiriting) report on the United Left meeting in Manchester by Richard Searle can be read here.
The Times also has a report on the election in which they seem to rate his chances. It can be read here.
Jerry’s campaign blog can be read here