‘The count beckons’
Posted by jerryhicks4gs on March 5, 2009
In the final few days of the election I have been full of mixed emotions.
We are surrounded by wholesale job cuts, short time working and attacks to pay and conditions. The union seems a mile off the pace, reduced often to platitudes and hollow demands.
Yet, despite these extremely difficult times I continue to receive messages of support, offers of help and requests for election materials. The election campaign has been a very exciting experience but also a humbling one.
The almost daily revalations in the press regarding the waste and expenditure in the union, albeit mostly the right wing press who would have a very different agenda to us. Highlights what we have been saying for the last ten months when we first launched the challenge (though others remained silent until recently).
I believe that there will be much more scrutiny in future and that members money will be better
In a change to the arrangements for the count, it is now believed that, by adjustment to staffing levels and working hours, it should be able to open the envelopes and sort and count the ballot papers they contain in one day. (I hope the employees are being properly paid for this short notice change).
At 8 am on Saturday 7th March the ballot envelopes will be opened and the process will begin. It is not expected that the count will be completed until late afternoon at the earliest, but that the result will be known at some point on the Saturday.
In the event of a recount then this would have to take place on Sunday 8th commencing at 9 am I will be in attendance and shall endeavour to convey the outcome as soon as I can.
There may yet be even more twists and turns but whatever the result we have done at least three things.
1] Given the union and its members the opportunity to discuss and debate the pressing issues and what we need.
2] We have made this election happen, which enables the union and its members to decicide who they want as General secretary.
3] Our campaign, the policies and principles have given the union and its members a chance for real change rather than more of the same.
Expect the unexpected…………………’Keep on keeping on’