Unite Assistant General Secretary Howard Beckett has this evening launched his campaign to become the union’s next general secretary when Len McCluskey retires. Below is how you can support his campaign – and why you should:
I’ve known Howard for some years now and I’ve met few people, even in the union movement, who understand the values of loyalty and solidarity in the way Howard does.
While some others have tried to claim credit for industrial action victories to enhance their standing, Howard has been right on the front line in winning them – but has always made sure the credit goes to the local organisers and the rank and file members involved in each campaign to save jobs, pay and conditions.
Just as importantly, Howard has consistently stood up to the Establishment on behalf of working people. While Keir Starmer and his front bench have sided with the government, for example opposing teaching unions on masks in schools and meekly falling in behind Johnson on issues affecting NHS workers and patients, Howard has been the only person in the frame for the Unite leadership who has called them out and demanded better, instead of making an accommodation like others have.
He has also received the support of Unite Unity Left, the grassroots left group of Unite members: