Ian Hodson targeted by Labour over support for ‘proscribed’ group – vote to be held on day of Starmer’s conference speech
The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) has announced a recall of its conference to vote on disaffiliating the union from the Labour party, over Labour’s threatened expulsion of BFAWU president Ian Hodson.
Hodson is linked to one of the groups that Labour’s right has decided to ‘proscribe’, making membership or support for them an automatic expulsion offence, though Labour’s decision to apply the ban retrospectively is probably unlawful.
The union has issued a statement warning Labour that it will not stand for such cowardly bullying, accusing the party of siding with the bosses and reminding it that BFAWU members have already said, in an indicative survey of the whole membership, that they do not feel the partyrepresents their interests.
And if Labour expels Hodson,the vote by a union involved in the formation of the party to disaffiliate from it will be timed to coincide with Keir Starmer’s closing conference speech next month:
Tuesday, August 24th, 2021
Today the Labour Party has made a clear statement of intent in its aspiration to repair its relationship with the bosses but seems to be determined to widen the divide between the representatives of labour and those our movement represent.
The recent decision to proscribe organisations is seen as a divisive and a purely factional attack which will do nothing to unite the party or provide any real opportunity for the party to be able to unite to fight and defeat our real enemy The Tory Party.
We have decided to make this statement following recent media speculation in relation to the expulsion of our National President. Our executive have met to discuss the potential of this event occurring, and reaffirmed its position that our National President has only ever conducted himself in line with the policies and the decisions taken by this trade union.
The executive expressed dismay and anger at the idea the Labour Party should consider expelling the office of our nominated political lead in our organisation, and agreed that a firm response was required should the party take such actions.
The BFAWU executive unanimously agreed a timeline that would coincide with the leaders address to national Labour conference in September should such a situation arise and that from Wednesday 25th August communication to Branches would be initiated and would be formally issuing notification of our intention in preparedness to recall conference to debate the disaffiliation from the Labour party.
The Executive made it quite clear an attack on one of ours is an attack on all of us and stood in absolute solidarity with our Elected National President.
It’s also worth remembering that the recent survey of our membership returned a slight majority in favour of disaffiliation.
The feeling is should the decision to debate disaffiliation go ahead it would result in a break with the Labour party for the first time since we helped fund its creation in 1902. But we will not accept bullying from any bosses or a party that seems to be choosing to prefer to be on the bosses side.
Solidarity. That’s how you deal with bullies.
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