Christina McAnea has strongly rejected any suggestion that she is the “continuity candidate” in UNISON’s general secretary election and described use of the label as “patronising with a big dose of misogyny”.
Commenting on the perception that she will follow in the footsteps of outgoing general secretary Dave Prentis, the contender told Left Foot Forward: “Others are saying I’m the continuity candidate.
“I think it’s patronising with a big dose of misogyny that it’s only being said about the woman candidate – that she can only do it if she can continue the work of the predecessor. I find it annoying.”
Asked what it would mean to be the first female general secretary in UNISON’s history, McAnea replied: “I think it would send a strong message given that the union is 80% women.
“I’m astonished that I’m the only woman who stood and amazed that no other political grouping put up women… You’d think in a union of 80% women, out of five candidates… you’d have thought it would have been the reverse.