Posts Tagged ‘Len McCluskey’

Have the trade unions given up on Labour?

by Jon Lansman.

A slimmed down Trades Union Congress meeting this week on the banks of the Mersey has an air of unreality about it. It’s not quite that no-one cares what the TUC says – trade union leaders care enough about speaking with one voice that there is even less public debate and dissent here than there […]

Len McCluskey warns now is not the time for heated arguments about Labour policy

by Jon Lansman.

Opening Unite’s policy conference in Liverpool today, Len McCluskey’s planned speech ranged across issues from the severity of Tory attacks on working people and their families (as well as on Unite itself) to the importance of electing a Labour government and the menace posed by UKIP. But for Labour and union activists keen to use Labour’s policy process to […]

PCS conference defeats its executive motion on merger with Unite

by Jon Lansman.

The annual conference of civil service union PCS, after a lengthy debate described both as ‘heated‘ and ‘balanced‘, voted this morning to reject the motion from its executive on a merger between PCS and Unite, by 109,326 to 73,212 on a card vote. The conference did pass an emergency motion which, based on reports on Left Futures […]

Is a Unite takeover of PCS desirable? Not if it divides the Labour movement

by Jon Lansman.

Discussions are, we hear, proceeding apace between Unite and civil service union, PCS, about what has until now been described within PCS as a merger but at the recent Unite executive (at which Len McCluskey got its backing for formal talks) was described as a “transfer of engagements“, aka “a takeover“. Many details remain to be discussed, but […]

Left likely to consolidate its influence on Unite executive – but will it remain a United Left?

by Jon Lansman.

Nominations closed last week for the elections to the executive of Unite, Britain’s biggest union, and, based on an analysis of the nominations received, it seems likely that the United Left which backed Len McCluskey for General Secretary and currently has a large majority on the executive is likely to consolidate its position. The executive […]

Unite offers Miliband an olive branch, with clear red lines

by Jon Lansman.

The executive council of Unite the Union yesterday offered Ed Miliband a compromise in his efforts to “mend the link” between Labour and the trade unions, but also set out the red lines which it is not prepared to cross. In a unanimous decision, it welcomed “any measures which increase the involvement of individual trade […]

Unite statement on Falkirk

by Newsdesk.

In July this year Unite was subjected to a major campaign of criticism regarding allegations of misconduct in the affairs of Falkirk Constituency Labour Party – in essence that the union had tried to manipulate the selection procedure for a Labour candidate for the constituency outside the Party’s rules. The union was enjoined by a […]

In Bournemouth at the TUC, union leaders firm up against Ed Miliband’s proposals

by Jon Lansman.

In Bournemouth for the TUC Congress, the leaders of the three biggest unions affiliated to the Labour Party yesterday firmed up their position against Ed Miliband’s proposals to ‘reform’ the Labour Party trade union link. Dave Prentis, General Secretary of Unison which already has two sections of its political fund – one affiliated to Labour […]

“There was no major vote rigging scandal in Falkirk” say BBC

by Jon Lansman.

An excellent BBC Radio 4 investigation into the Falkirk row was broadcast on Thursday evening following the Scottish police announcement that there was insufficient evidence to justify an investigation, never mind bringing any charges. It described the row as “much ado about nothing” and concluded that there was no major vote rigging scandal. You can listen […]

Our union link: the status quo is worth defending

by Andy Newman.

The conciliatory tone of Len McCluskey’s recent speech on the Labour Party, and Ed Miliband’s proposed reforms, should be welcomed, as it steps away from escalating what seemed to be a growing crisis. There has been a witch hunt atmosphere surrounding Unite, that we need to defuse. Len says: Ed Miliband has made some bold […]

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