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Former Bristol Rolls Royce Convenor and Amicus Executive member Jerry Hicks has lodged a complaint with the government appointed Certification Officer over the undemocratic extension to office of Derek Simpson, the Joint General Secretary of Unite, beyond his retirement age next year. In a change of rules agreed as part of the merger between Amicus and the TGWU last year Simpson’s period of office was extended to December 2010 when he will be 66. Simpson was elected as General Secretary of the AEEU in 2002 after successfully challenging the change in rules to extend Sir Ken Jackson’s period of office beyond retirement without an election.