- General Secretary Election candidate Roger Bannister lodges complaint with Trade Union Certification Officer.
- Complaint follows leaked recording alleges rule breaking by senior union official with the knowledge of incumbent General Secretary Dave Prentis.
- Unison could be forced to re-run the election if challenge upheld
Unison General Secretary election candidate Roger Bannister today lodged a formal complaint with the Trade Union Certification Officer. The complaint follows the leaking of a secret recording that alleges serious rule breaking by the London Regional Secretary Linda Perks*
In the recording Perks implicates General Secretary Dave Prentis by conveying her thanks to the meeting for their efforts in interfering with the election: “Dave is very pleased and has asked me relate this to you personally”
Roger Bannister, who has come second to Dave Prentis in the previous three elections, explained his decision to go to the Trade union certification officer:
“I have lodged the complaint because of serious electoral malpractice carried out by key members of Unison staff. Although an internal investigation has been launched it is not clear if it includes the General Secretary! Previous investigations by the right wing dominated NEC into the illegal witch hunt against four socialist activists has been kept under wraps. The wrong doing in Unison must be brought into the clear light of day.”