The GMB union has become the latest to pull funding from the Labour party, withdrawing all funding from London Labour after the sacking of a grieving caretaker by Islington borough council.
A statement on the union’s website explains:
GMB has withdrawn funding for the Labour party in London after a grieving caretaker was sacked after 24 years’ service.
The union – one of the labour party’s biggest donors – turned off the taps following the ‘callous’ dismissal Gary Bolister.
“Gary is utterly devastated by his sacking – working for Islington council, where he was born and raised, was his passion and his vocation. His callous sacking over an honest error is beginning to look like political victimisation.”
Warren Kenny, GMB Regional Secretary
The 43-year old was given his marching orders by Labour-run Islington council for his part in a Facebook live video against Islington road closures in November last year.
In the clip – which Mr Bolister appeared in but did not film – an Islington Councillor was inadvertently filmed in her home by accident. The video was immediately stopped and Mr Bolister offered to apologise.
Regional Secretary Warren Kenny went on:
GMB will always back our members and if Islington Labour refuse to listen to reason we will hit them where it hurts – in the party coffers.
Unite, another giant union affiliated to the party, has already reduced its funding over Keir Starmer’s leadership. If the Labour right expected GMB to tamely fall in line after its recent general secretary election, it assumed wrongly. GMB boss Gary Smith has already ordered a complete review of the union’s donations to Labour – and GMB and Unite recently joined forces to condemn Labour’s shoddy treatment of staff put at risk of redundancy.
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