Posts Tagged ‘Unite’

We must unite to end Tory austerity

by Steve Turner.

In recent years, “Economic credibility” has laughingly been defined as an economic policy that has delivered neither sustainable economic growth nor improved living standards for the overwhelming majority of people. Indeed, the Tories’ austerity has even failed on their own very narrow definition of success of reducing the debt to GDP ratio.

Unite conference votes to endorse mandatory reselection

by James Elliott.

Unite’s Policy Conference sent a very clear message to rebel Labour MPs yesterday by voting by an overwhelming majority to support a rule change to the Labour Party rulebook to reintroduce mandatory reselection of MPs before each general election. The rule change, first introduced in the 1980s and then abolished under Neil Kinnock, to be replaced […]

Will Corbyn be on the ballot?

by James Elliott.

A successful coup usually requires two things: an acceptable leader-in-waiting, and a delegitimisation of the current leadership. While the PLP have only finally agreed on the former, the latter has been underway for some time. The latest delegitimisation of Corbyn’s position, and an attempt to legitimise the coup, is to claim the rulebook shows he […]

Union backing alone won’t give Corbyn victory, we must work to make that happen

by James Elliott.

The weekend brought welcome news with the announcement that Unite, Britain’s largest trade union and Labour’s largest donor, would be backing Jeremy Corbyn after a vote of 34 to 13 on Unite’s 63-person Executive Council. To this, Jeremy also has the largest transport union, the RMT; the train drivers’ union, Aslef; the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the […]

Jeremy Corbyn welcomes Unite’s endorsement

by Jeremy Corbyn.

It is a great honour to receive Unite’s nomination for the Labour leadership, and it underlines that this a serious campaign that has growing momentum. The leadership election is about one issue above others: whether we accept another five more years of a race to the bottom based on cuts that destroy services and damage […]

Labour Friends of Israel continues to whitewash war crimes

by James Elliott.

One year on from the tragic events in Gaza last summer, and the British Israel lobby is still trying to distract us from Israel’s crimes by highlighting perceived wrongdoing by other sides. In her piece for Left Foot Forward, Jennifer Gerber makes a number of claims which require refutation: Hamas’ responsibility for provoking ‘the conflict’; […]

McCluskey comes out in favour or working with the SNP

by Jon Lansman.

The Guardian reports today that Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, has come out in favour of Ed Miliband working with the SNP after the election. However, McCluskey was also careful to back the Labour Party – even under the leadership of Jim Murphy – saying “we’re a democratic party and of course we’re behind him and supporting […]

The return of Falkirk – more skulduggery, same victim, same perpetrators

by Jon Lansman.

The last few days has seen the sorry Falkirk affair return with a vengeance. Readers may remember that there were two people who had been seeking Labour’s parliamentary nomination for Falkirk who were accused of wrong doing in the recruitment of new members to that constituency party. One was left-wing Scottish Unite activist, Karie Murphy, former nurse and later office manager to […]

20,000 London bus workers go on strike – with the public on their side

by Jon Lansman.

Picket lines were in place across London’s 70 bus garages today as over 20,000 bus workers working for 18 bus operators take part in a 24 hour strike to end unfair pay disparities across the capital’s bus network. With very solid support for the strike the bus workers’ union Unite urged TfL and the mayor of London […]

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 […]

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