As a long-term Morning Star reader and a Unite member I am writing regarding the general secretary election which has come about three years early after a rule change allowing Len McCluskey to stay in office until he's 67, should he win the election.
Surely working beyond 65 is not a good example to union members when we are supposed to be working towards a lower retirement age.
A few weeks ago there were some articles on the Pentonville Five and how they defied the law and broke the government's income policy.
We should be following the example of Vic Turner and his comrades instead of living on the false hope of Labour.
We took unlawful strike action at the can factory where I work around two years ago when the manager suspended a Unite rep and two members.
The action caught management on the hop with orders falling behind immediately. After 24 hours the three were allowed back to work as normal.
Perhaps if Unite members paid their general secretary and unelected officers an average members' wage they would be more engaged with the rank and file.
As for the £6 million handed over to Labour with nothing in return, that would take another letter altogether.
The above are a few of the reasons why I'll be voting for Jerry Hicks.