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UNISON manifesto on Mayor election

UNISON West Midlands have released their manifesto ahead of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) mayoral elections.

The manifesto consists of twenty asks that cover what UNISON see as the key areas for the future of the West Midlands region. These asks cover a range of areas from housing to transport, further education and the economy.

UNISON are calling on all candidates to sign up to the manifesto and publically state which of the asks they will prioritisie if elected.

Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary said:

“The election of a mayor for the West Midlands Combined Authority presents a golden opportunity for the region.

“Our manifesto is not solely about the interests of public sector workers, it is about the wider interests of everyone across the region. It is a progressive, inclusive agenda around transport, education, housing, governance and the economy that, if implemented, will make the West Midlands a better place for the many, and not the few.

“UNISON is asking all mayoral candidates to publicly state which of our 20 asks they will carry out if elected.”

The Manifesto can be downloaded below.

The Mayoral Candidates are:

James Burn (Green Party)Leader of the Opposition on Solihull Council. Councillor for Chemsley Wood (Solihull)

Beverley Nielsen (Lib Dem) Birmingham City University Director

Sion Simon ( Lab) former MP Birmingham Erdington and MEP

Andy Street (Conservative) former Managing Director of John Lewis, Chairman of Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Parnership

Peter Durnell (UKIP) .

the election will be on 4th May 2017.

The Mayoral post has been controversial, not least because in the past Birmingham has rejected the idea of having a Mayor based on the London Mayor model. However, George Osborne imposed the Mayor role on the region, along with the WMCA ( West Midlands Combined Authority). The WMCA has itself been controversial as it is widely seen as representing the interests of Business and has no representatives from the public or Unions on it.There is a salary of £69,000. There is also little explaination of what the powers of the mayor may be in comparison with local councillors and whether the Mayor would have a power of veto over councillors.

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