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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