Video: Labour staffer publicly thanks Beckett for saving his and colleagues’ jobs from Labour’s attempt to end furlough early

Beckett intervened in Labour politics and won industrial action – and former staff member says “I really do think its essential that he gets elected. I simply don’t see any other candidate making such a big difference to the national debate”

Former Labour staffer Phil Bevin appeared on Socialist Telly last week to talk about the party’s abuse of him and his colleagues when Keir Starmer and David Evans moved to put them out of work – in the middle of a pandemic-triggered employment crisis and well before the end of the government’s ‘furlough’ scheme.

The shameful manoeuvre was prevented by intervention by Unite, led by Howard Beckett – who is now standing for election as the giant union’s next general secretary – which Bevin talked about during the programme.

But he didn’t feel he’d done enough to thank Beckett for saving him and his colleagues from an early axe – and he has asked Skwawkbox to publish this short video so he can put it right:

Bevin told Skwawkbox:

I didn’t get around to saying thanks to Howard Beckett for all the brilliant work he’s been doing for me and other former and existing members of Labour Party staff. I am genuinely, personally grateful for what he has done.

And I really do think its essential that he gets elected. I simply don’t see any other candidate making such a big difference to the national debate. I am a member of Unite and will be voting for him myself.

Howard Beckett also played a leading role in securing the creation of the pandemic furlough scheme in the first place, after Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak initially planned only to inject yet more cash directly into corporate bank accounts.

As both Unite’s policial director and its lead on the fight against unscrupulous ‘fire and rehire’ tactics used by corporations to deprive workers of pay and benefits, Beckett has shown how crucial it is for Unite to be politically engaged and constantly increasing its industrial activities.

It sets his candidacy apart from that of his rivals.

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Skwawkbox is supporting Howard Beckett to b the union’s next general secretary.


  1. Well that is quite a thing! Union affiliated with the “Workers Party” saves the Jobs/Income of the Workers of The “Worker’s Party” who tries to pull an unfair Dismissal on The Workers of The “Workers Party” until The Union of The “Workers Party” Stops their shenanigans! What an absolute Embarrassment to The Labour Movement!
    If there is one thing no one can take from Beckett is that he takes on anyone and anything in the way of The People’s Justice and Equality he does not give a damn who they are, He is Loud and he is Proud! I can’t say that I have heard anything other than Politics at Election times not necessarily good politics either!
    That is what we need in UNITE to sort out the crisis of Thatcher’s Neolabour Party Tories!
    No More Fuckaboutery!

    1. EDIT [I can’t say that I have heard anything other than Politics at Election times *from Turner and* not necessarily good politics either!]

  2. The next Unite GS should be someone who can convince people that being a member of Unite the Union is good for them and CRUCIAL for a better future.

    Howard Beckett’s the only candidate that would convince me. As Mrs Doyle might have said “Go on, go on, go on, vote for Howard Beckett.”

  3. Can the other candidates compete with this? https://youtu.be/1rouTM-M2RE
    Would tbey be prepared to be as outspoken as this, this is what has been lacking, someone prepared to take right wing Labour on and call ‘a spade a spade’?

  4. You clearly need to research Howard Beckett and wonder why the rea the Communist party of Britain and many ex militant members are behind Steve Turner the unite union nominated candidate.

    1. I strongly suspect that Sir Keir of the Establishment’s apparent support for Turner is causing many people to re-examine their support for Turner. The obvious question is why are PLP leadership voicing an unexpected preference for a UL-backed candidate?

      It might have something to do with Beckett’s rejection of the Starmer regime and its tarmer’s backsliding from (disregard for) ten key pledges that most members and all socialists see as red lines.

      I’m not a member of Unite but, for me, Turner is not sufficiently critical of Starmer. Beckett is.

      Beckett says “the next General Secretary of this union is able to stand up to the party if it fails to represent our members’ interest” and for tht reason alone I support Howard Beckett.

    2. Joseph I need to know just one thing,and that is that, Thatcher’s Neoliberal Neolabour Party Tories prefers Turner to win over Beckett, that is enough for me, Turner also has History with The Neolabour Party Tories, creeping for Starmer.
      In the ‘little’ write-up in The Morning Star for Tuner, this caught my eye:
      “A passionate FIGHTER FOR HIS CLASS, he believes that only a socialist society [Which can NEVER be delivered by Thatcher;s Neolabour Party Tries] can deliver for OUR PEOPLE, the committee heard.”
      “FIGHTER FOR HIS CLASS”/”OUR PEOPLE” – Just as the worshipping of ‘Brand Labour’ will only be bringing us Neoliberalism, so to will Classism lead to us rejecting The People who will stand up and fight for us THE PEOPLE (of any “class” prepared to stand in the face of The Elites/Establishment/Machine!), and Choose someone ie Gone Rogue/Corrupt instead.
      Class literally means nothing, it is Naive of The Morning Star and CPB to even still prefer candidates for the “Class” they were born into. That is much the same as the Racists’ Ideologies. Not ALL “Working Class” People are Trustworthy/Good, Not all “Middle/Upper Class” People are Untrustworthy/Bad. I really believe we need to let it Classism go, There are only The People AGAINST The Elites/Establishment/Machine and The People FOR The Elites/Establishment/Machine!
      We have that situation right now ~190 Thatcherite Neoliberal Neolabour Party Tory MPs vs 15/20 Democratic Socialist UK Labour Party MPs, our question should be this: in this Battle of 15/20 Democratic Socialists vs 190 Neoliberal Tories Who will take the Crimson Standard from my Fallen Hand and raise it in the March forward against The Elites/Establishment/Machine.
      For me Personally I know who I have Seen and Heard a lot of/about for all the right reasons and who I still know nothing about apart from working on the buses, apparently doing his job as Union rep, “For His Class”, Preferred by Starmer & Co, Dodgy dealings in the previous race [dead people votes] and this one [emails].
      I REALLY hope people Vote for The Man who not only will pick up The Crimson Standard from my fallen hand, but who is already shoving it in the Faces of The Elites/Establishment/Machine!

  5. A PROTEST against GP practices being taken over by US health insurance giant Centene Corporation – branded as ‘the accelerating privatisation of the NHS by stealth’ by the union Unite – is being held in London tomorrow (22 April).

    Campaigners, including members of Doctors in Unite (DiU), will be staging a socially-distanced protest outside Centene’s UK subsidiary Operose that recently took over the privately-owned AT Medics, set up in 2004 by six NHS GPs, and which runs 37 GP practices across London.

    The protest, conforming to Covid-19 regulations, will be at 77 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6XB between 15.00-16.00 tomorrow.

    Also scheduled to attend will be former Labour leader and MP for Islington North, Jeremy Corbyn and Apsana Begum, MP for Poplar and Limehouse.


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