Labour leadership hopeful did not respond to calls, text or emails
Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy has failed to respond when asked whether she would condemn a strongly-criticised move by one of the unions backing her bid.
A Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request made by the assistant general secretary of the PCS public services union to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) revealed that the GMB union had signed away a vital right of some of its members.
As part of an agreement for GMB to be recognised, the union had surrendered the right of its members working as guards at JobCentre Plus offices for private security firm G4S to take strike action:
Details of the FOI response were shared on social media by a former GMB activist who, along with his respondents, considered the GMB’s move ‘outrageous’ and ‘appalling’:
The GMB press office did not respond to a request for comment placed with it on Friday afternoon.
As she was this week endorsed as a leadership candidate by the GMB, the SKWAWKBOX also contacted Lisa Nandy to ask whether she would condemn the union’s move.
Ms Nandy’s parliamentary and constituency offices did not pick up when called, but the request was sent on Friday by email and text message and several attempts were made to contact her by mobile. However, Ms Nandy did not respond by the time of publication on Saturday evening.
Commenting on the situation, PCS head Mark Serwotka said:
The Tories are currently threatening the right to strike for the transport unions, this is unacceptable and must be opposed. The right to strike is fundamental human right. This principle applies to those workers at G4S as much as to transport workers. PCS opposes any restrictions on the right to strike, whoever proposes them.
The SKWAWKBOX understands that some guards have begun switching membership from GMB to PCS as awareness of the situation has spread.
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