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Steve Turner launches bid for Unite leadership with ‘Charter for Change’

STEVE TURNER launched his bid for the leadership of Unite today with a plan to make the union “win for all.”

The former bus worker and current Unite assistant general secretary said he wants to transform the way the union supports its members after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Turner said he would put power into the hands of the union’s regions and shop stewards so that they can “[take] the fight to bad bosses exploiting the pandemic to cut pay and jobs.”

His “charter for change” also envisages a new app, Unite Assist, which would provide 24/7 support for members.

Mr Turner has played a key role in pushing the government to provide essential furlough support during three national lockdowns. 

He has also campaigned against zero-hours contracts and helped strike the recent deal to save Rolls-Royce in Barnoldswick.

Mr Turner said: “Under my leadership, Unite will be a strong, confident union fighting to secure the job and training guarantees our nation needs.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reset the clock, reject any return to ‘old normal’ and define the sort of society we can become.”


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