Thursday, 21 October 2010

Not quite a dozen seek bakers' top job

Eleven candidates are battling it out to become the new national president of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU).
The full-time job, voted for by the union’s 28,000 strong membership, is vacant because the incumbent Ronnie Draper was elected general secretary in August.
The ballot closes on October 29. Two women and nine men have been nominated for the post.
Read their election statements.
Draper will replace Joe Marino who has been general secretary for 31 years.
The Bakers’ Union is traditionally on the left of the Labour movement. It is affiliated to the Labour Representation Committee as well as the Labour Party.
In May of this year Marino and Draper wrote to Labour MPs urging them to nominate left-winger John McDonnell to be party leader.
Draper beat three other candidates to the job of general secretary in a first-past-the-post election with a 15.5 percent turnout.
Two of the defeated candidates – Tony Richardson and Ian Hodson – are also running to be president.
BFAWU general secretary election result.

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