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Beckett’s Unite launch watched by over 54,000 people (and counting)

Demand-driven switch to public launch reveals level of support

Howard Beckett’s launch event for his campaign to become the Unite union’s next general secretary has been watched by more than 54,000 people since it went live on Sunday evening, giving an indication of the level of interest and support for the man who is both Unite’s lead on fighting invidious corporate ‘fire and rehire’ tactics and its director of legal and politics.

Among his rivals, fellow assistant general secretary Steve Turner’s Zoom event had 392 attendees, while Sharon Graham had 409 and right-winger Gerard Coyne a similar number.

Beckett, who also served members as regional director for the West Midlands and achieved huge popularity among Birmingham’s bin workers after winning two major disputes against the ‘fire and rehire’ tactics of the city’s Labour-run council, is standing on a platform of building both Unite’s industrial strength and capabilities and its political influence for the sake of its members, in contrast to his rivals who are all to some degree preaching a withdrawal or de-emphasising of the union’s influence in Westminster and at Labour HQ.

Contrary to rumours spread by supporters of some of the other campaigns, Beckett has also explicitly outlined plans to build up Unite’s ‘Community’ section for unwaged members.

Skwawkbox view:

The fact that a union needs industrial strength and political influence to best serve its members seems self-evident. It appears a huge number of people think so too.

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  1. That is just what we need a bit of Positive Rejuvenating News! Thank You Mr SB!

    1. BUT! Comrades you do realise we are going to start off at 2015 all over again! Are you ready to get your weary arses bashed up just that bit more!

      “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

      1. Looks like the Onslaught has started folks!
        Here we have precontrived Steve Turner Momentumised with Owen Jones, Scripted, Emotionless and Monotonous. With an obvious WE need THEM to believe you’re the level headed one that never raises his voice like the “loony left” pep-talk!
        I reckon Turner speaks with more Heart, Enthusiasm, Passion and Emotion about visiting Granny for a Cup of Tea, than his “Distaste” for Starmer!

      2. Here we have Turner Unscripted and without Momentum Keyword Flashcards, simply look at the difference in his Body Movements and listen to his sentence exclamations. One thing is for sure he has at least one good point indeed, he is no actor!

      3. Looks like this will be the Angle they will utilise against Beckett His outspokenness, His Passion, His Heart, His Drive, His Fearlessness, and The same will go for us Comrades! If you are on MSSM and have many followers mind yourself, they will be Screen Capping like it was 2015 to 2020!
        PS If my previous and similar comments appear, apologies, they disappeared into That Moderation Other World!

  2. He’s the best option. A Union should never be put in the position of having to be lead by a Tory! Right wingers must be banned from ever being allowed to stand, the have nothing to offer but Lies and Bullshit!

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