Unite candidate Beckett waits until polls closed tonight before revealing shameful news
Unite’s Howard Beckett has revealed in the last few minutes that Keir Starmer has refused to sign a letter demanding an end to the appalling ‘fire and rehire’ tactic increasingly used by unscrupulous employers to drive down workers terms and pay and has seen thousands of workers either worse off or out of work.
Beckett tweeted the news just after ten pm, saying that he had waited until after polls had closed to reveal the shameful reality:
The news has already provoked a string of outraged responses, but one of the most pertinent was by a Twitter user who pointed out how the announcement fits with his reasons for backing Beckett to be the union’s next general secretary:
Others were no less disgusted:
As Ali Dogan observed, the unfolding events show exactly why the entire union and Labour movements need Beckett at the helm of the giant Unite union. Skwawkbox has endorsed Beckett’s bid on the same grounds.
Update: Beckett’s tweet rapidly went viral, clocking up more than 2,500 retweets and approaching 5,000 ‘likes’ in its first couple of hours.
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