Party is advertising eight jobs, yet has not offered redeployment to mostly-BAME staff facing unemployment in national crisis – who only found out their jobs were going when the news was leaked to right-wing journalist
Senior Unite officer Howard Beckett has blasted the Labour party for its decision to sack its entire community organising team – in the middle of the employment crisis that has come with the Tories’ dire handling of the pandemic.
The community organisers, a vital part of any hope Labour has of winning back communities that have abandoned the party over the Brexit betrayal from which Keir Starmer is now scrambling to distance himself, have been told their contracts will not be renewed. Beckett tweeted his outrage and a promise of support for Unite members affected:
The Community Organising team, unlike Starmer’s almost-entirely white ‘LOTO’ staff, was the party’s most diverse unit, with a majority of BAME staff.
Beckett’s comments were echoed by the No Holding Back group of working-class Labour figures, which includes MPs Ian Lavery and Jon Trickett – Trickett has recently been vocal in opposing Starmer’s dreary leadership and abuse of members as well – so Labour-watchers will read the group’s comment today as significant:
Labour could easily redeploy at least two thirds of the twelve organiser staff, if it chose – or at least offer them the opportunity to transfer to any of the eight jobs the party is currently advertising to fill:
However, the move is being touted by a right-wing Murdoch journalist as an opportunity to get rid of more Corbyn-supporting staff – with the leak of the news to the journalist coming before any of those affected had been notified by the party:
Although Pogrund claimed that the party had already told the organisers about the decision, staff say that the first they heard of the move to put them out of work was Pogrund’s tweet. A spokesperson for the group said:
Staff would expect the common courtesy of the devastating news that their contracts are being terminated not being leaked on social media before emails were sent out to them. It’s completely unacceptable that they are being dragged through the mud this way and during way.
The decision is not only a gross abuse of hard-working staff and an insult to Labour principles – it also signals the party giving up on any prospect of winning back the working-class communities who deserted it at the last election over the betrayal of their Brexit vote. Keir Starmer has been scrambling to distance himself from his leading part in that betrayal and seems to hope he can achieve this by ‘wrapping himself in the union jack’. But working-class people will see straight through the ruse – and those in Scotland and Wales will particularly despise it.
The decision to treat staff like dirt shows Labour under Starmer has become morally bankrupt – and the decision to give up even trying to win back communities ‘on the ground’ confirms that Starmer is politically bankrupt as well.
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