Aug 09 2014

THE TELLING OF TWO PRESS RELEASES. ONE A BALLS UP, THE OTHER FROM THE HAMSTER ON THE WHEEL

Jerry Hicks of there rank and file Grassroots UNITE campaign, who opposed Len McCluskey for General Secretary, writes of the significance of two press reloads, one from Ed Balls, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, the other from McCluskey.

Len McCluskey adjusts his politics to Westminster time and the 2015 General Election

Len McCluskey adjusts his politics to Labour Westminster time and the 2015 General Election

Ed Balls adjusts Labour politics to meet the needs of the CBI

Ed Balls adjusts Labour politics to meet the needs of the CBI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a day of press releases, two stand out. One from Unite’s Len McCluskey, the other from Labour’s Ed Balls.

McCluskey promises Unite’s full support for Labour and Ed Miliband, including funding – and my word there will be a lot of that. While Ed Balls, Labour’s ‘would be’ next Chancellor of the Exchequer, promises what? Workers rights? Repeal of anti union laws? No, he promises tax breaks for businesses.

What an about turn considering McCluskey recently caught the headlines when he said “Unite may break with Labour, threatening to launch a ‘new party’, adding that Ed Miliband is drinking in the last chance saloon.”

When was this announced? At a press conference on April 1st or April Fools Day as it’s also known.

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Apr 16 2013

We did not win but we are now the Left in UNITE

The results of the election for the General Secretary of UNITE election have been announced. This was a contest between the incumbent Broad Left Len McLuskey and the Rank & File challenger, Jerry Hicks. McCluskey had the support of the Right (they offered no challenger of their own, which speaks volumes) and much of the fake Left; Jerry  the support of  most genuine socialists. 

th-2May I take this opportunity to thank everyone who did so much during the election campaign. From the nominations, to leafleting, to voting and to all the many inventive things between. Click to view Video clip www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZexz0AjZPk for a post election thank you.

All that effort meant that an ordinary member of the biggest union in the UK and Ireland was able to stand, challenge the establishment and get nearly 80,000 votes, almost 40%, voting for a more democratic union, for a more positive fight against the cuts and job losses. We also stand on the side of the 1.4 million who feel nothing for the business as usual ‘renewed mandate’ and turned their back on the election.

An historic vote for a ‘Rank & File’ grassroots candidate, made all the more remarkable when taking into consideration what was waged against us. We kept true to our policies, beliefs and politics with our dignity intact, while their campaign spiralled into the gutter.

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Apr 09 2013

JERRY HICKS – UNITE GENERAL SECRETARY ELECTION UPDATE

JERRY HICKS – UNITE GENERAL SECRETARY ELECTION UPDATE

thGeorge Osborne said ‘Faster deeper’ cuts he meant it. Our side calls for strike action against those cuts – but do we mean it?

The announcement that Unite, is calling for a 24-hour general strike against austerity measures is very welcome. A serious program of strikes to defeat the Con Dem government is long overdue and a programme of coordinated strike action is the most effective way to stop them

The 1st April cuts to housing and other benefits will already be bringing more fear, hunger, debt and homelessness across the UK.

20% of the population is in poverty, but will bear 40% of all cuts. Disabled people, 8% of the population will bear 29% of all cuts. In the meantime, tax fraud remains 15 times higher than benefit fraud and the Tories callously blame the poor for their own plight. Demonising workers who they have thrown on the scrap heap.

The Con Dems can only get away with these barbaric measures because our side refuses to organise a real fight that would give people hope of an alternative. Unite must take some responsibility for this lack of effective resistance. The continuing lack of action feeds the Con Dems confidence to widen their attacks on ordinary working people.

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