Posts Tagged ‘Len McCluskey’

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 […]

It’s time to really mend the Labour trade union relationship

by Mark Seddon.

News that the police have dropped their inquiry into the Falkirk selection because of a lack of evidence does not come as a surprise to me. Having spoken at length to people who had read the Labour Party’s internal investigation and to a number of those directly involved in the selection, it became pretty clear that this […]

Unite is at a turning point in its relationship with the Labour Party

by Len McCluskey.

This is the abridged text of a speech made today at a meeting of the Unite executive council and regional political committees at the TUC’s conference centre in London It is clear we are at a turning point in the historic relationship Unite and its predecessor unions have had with the Labour party. This will […]

The Blairite plot to discredit unions in general and Len McCluskey in particular

by Jon Lansman.

The contents of the secret report into what happened in Falkirk have now been revealed. Seumas Milne in the Guardian comments that “given the thin gruel offered up by way of evidence” it’s not hard to see why it hasn’t been published. Nevertheless, the report does find that Unite is not directly responsible for what […]

Progress have been stoking the flames but it’s time for Ed & Len to turn the heat down

by Jon Lansman.

Yesterday morning, Mark Ferguson at Labour List said “it felt like the Labour leadership and Unite were locked in a Mexican standoff, both sure they were in the right, and neither willing to back down,” but by the end of the day, the heat was still rising and Progress and their media friends were still […]

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