It won’t “always wash” if union leaders keep telling their members to keep backing Labour when party not backing them
Bakers’ union president Ian Hodson and Fire Brigades Union (FBU) general secretary Matt Wrack spoke to SKWAWKBOX last night on Socialist Telly in a compelling discussion of the UK’s political landscape including, among other topics, the conduct of the current Labour leadership toward party and union members.
As the SKWAWKBOX has already reported, Hodson told the SKWAWKBOX that in the Bakers’ consultation with members about whether they want to remain affiliated with the Labour party, only 9% thought Labour was serving their interests now.
And Wrack – who had earlier hammered Labour’s conduct toward its own members – followed Hodson’s comments by explaining why his own union disaffiliated from the Labour party under Tony Blair and issuing a warning to Keir Starmer that union leaders can’t go on recommending to members to remain with the party if Starmer continues as he has started:
The Bakers’ consultation ends next month. If its members vote to split from the Labour party, it could well start a wave.
Watch the full, compelling programme here.
The SKWAWKBOX needs your help. The site is provided free of charge but depends on the support of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to without hardship, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here to set up a monthly donation via GoCardless (SKWAWKBOX will contact you to confirm the GoCardless amount). Thanks for your solidarity so SKWAWKBOX can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.
If you wish to republish this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.