Posts Tagged ‘Unite’

Jerry Hicks complaint against Unite thrown out

by Jon Lansman.

Far left challenger to Len McCluskey in last year’s election for Unite general Secretary, Jerry Hicks, has lost his formal legal challenge to the Government’s Certification Officer. Having lost by144,570 votes to 79,819 in spite of backing from sections of the Right and every disgruntled member, his objection has finally been thrown out after a year […]

A safe, secure, affordable home is a right

by Steve Turner.

The following is the text of Unite Assistant General Secretary Steve Turner’s speech to Labour’s conference in Manchester  We welcome Labour’s policy statements and the clear commitments contained within it to build more homes – and we equally welcome Ed Miliband’s comments yesterday. However, we must never forget that a – safe – secure and affordable roof over your head […]

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 strengthens its control of Unite exec, but it’s not all good news (with full results)

by Jon Lansman.

The results of the the elections to Unite’s executive emerged yesterday, giving United Left, the left faction, 43 seats, the same number it had previously but on a slightly smaller executive (down from 65 to 63. Also elected were eight independents and eleven from Unite Now, the more centrist Labour loyalist faction, mainly from the former Amicus section. None […]

In response to Labour party reforms, Unite halves affiliation payment to Labour

by Jon Lansman.

The Unite executive has been meeting this week and it was announced this evening that, in response to the decision of Labour’s special conference last weekend on ‘party reform’, the Unite affiliation to the Labour party will be cut by half in anticipation of the likelihood that fewer than half those currently paying the political […]

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 […]

Breaking: Unite launches legal action over Grangemouth sacking

by John Millington.

Unite launched legal action today after Grangemouth convenor Mark Lyon was sacked by Ineos. Mr Lyon who has worked at the company for 25 years was tried in absence and told of his dismissal earlier today. Unite said it will appeal the company’s decision and issue an employment tribunal claim for unfair dismissal and victimisation […]

Unite executive elections kick off

by Jon Lansman.

Nominations opened this month for the elections to the executive of Britain’s biggest union, and it is an important test for the United Left which backed Len McCluskey for General Secretary and currently has a large majority on the executive. Branches of Unite have until Friday 14 February (now extended) to make nominations for the […]

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