Party’s employment record under Starmer has been appalling
The Labour party has continued its appalling record on unemployment under Keir Starmer and acting general secretary David Evans.
In June last year, the party tried to kick out furloughed staff as soon as it would have cost Labour anything to keep them on the scheme, but was forced into a temporary u-turn by union action led by Unite’s Howard Beckett, also a member of Labour’s National Executive Committee, who won workers a reprieve. In September, Labour did it again – while calling on the government to extend the scheme for others – and in February, it laid off the party’s entire ‘community organising’ team as Starmer’s outfit gave up on reaching communities it needs to win back, relying instead on insulting flag-waving.
And now the SKWAWKBOX can reveal that ninety party staff have received letters telling them they will be out of work from the end of May.
The news comes as the party’s financial woes continue, after the departure of more than 100,000 members since Starmer declared war on their democracy and freedom of speech and steep reductions in union support. Keir Starmer’s inability to lead or inspire – or even oppose – is costing Labour staff their livelihoods as well as inflicting disastrous polling and betraying communities.
One Labour insider close to events told Skwawkbox:
Labour was founded and grew on the principle of protecting workers, this announcement flies in the face of those principles and is not just a shock but a terrible blow to the people affected.
Keir Starmer and David Evans are presiding over a huge subversion of democracy. They’ll blame the party’s finances for this but they’re directly responsible for the state of those finances. They haven’t listened to members, workers or the public and have failed utterly during this pandemic crisis. If Labour isn’t sticking up for workers in such a despicable and shameful way, it’s disaster for the country.
The Labour party press office always declines to comment on staff matters.
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