Why Gerard Coyne is standing
"As a Unite member you deserve to be safe and secure in your job, to be treated fairly, and to have a decent quality of life.
That’s what we must focus on as a union and that’s why I’m standing to be General Secretary."
"I believe our union needs to be changed so we can get on with the only job that matters; protecting and defending our members at work. That’s the job I’ll carry out if I’m elected.
I have spent my working life fighting on the frontline for our union and winning better deals for members. I’ve led Unite in the West Midlands for over 15 years, and I’ve delivered for members consistently when it comes to improving their pay and conditions. Now I want to make sure we focus on protecting members’ rights at work. And I want our union to work harder for you and your family, delivering better value for your money. Employers are using competition from overseas to justify keeping wages low. We have got to be strong, smart and organised but we can’t be distracted by party politics.
As a candidate, my priority is making a real difference for you rather than playing Westminster power games. It’s time we changed the union to reflect our members’ priorities. A union that puts your concerns first to achieve decent treatment, safety and security at work, and better living standards for you and your family. With your help, we can make it happen.
Vote for me to be our fresh start and I will work tirelessly to protect jobs, families and livelihoods."