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At an emergency meeting of the National Executive of the Unite union in October a decision was made to postpone the implementation of the Unite Rulebook until May 2008 and to call an election for a twelve month period of office for a Unite-Amicus section General Secretary. The decision, supported by both current Joint General Secretaries of Unite, Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson, was made as a result of the legal challenge by former Bristol Rolls Royce convenor Jerry Hicks over the extension of office of Derek Simpson without election until December 2010. The Instrument of amalgamation voted for last year by members of the Amicus & TGWU provided for the new union rulebook to be in place by the 1st November this year.