Rules ‘conjured from nowhere’ to block 11-8 left majority’s wishes on conference – and even to change committee
The left on Unison’s ‘Labour Link’ committee has dramatically accused the union’s right-wing machine of blocking democratic results on how the union’s delegates will vote at Labour’s annual conference, which begins in Brighton this weekend.
Left members of the committee have released the statement below describing the events, but Skwawkbox has obtained additional details:
One insider told Skwawkbox:
The left won all of the votes 11-8, but a staff member then said the votes couldn’t count because there had to be a two-thirds or three-quarters majority – but when challenged to show the rule that said that, nothing was forthcoming. It was just conjured out of nowhere. A vote to change the Labour Link chair was also blocked with the same excuse.
Unison has changed democratically to the left, but to say there are shenanigans going on by the right to stop us exercising democracy would be an understatement. It makes it all the more important that Unison members vote for all the left slate in the Labour Link regional elections underway now.
The union’s right-wing management has also recently been accused of suspending its newly-elected president, Paul Holmes, to hinder the left’s new majority on Unison’s national executive – and of not only failing to support Holmes in his case against Kirklees Council after it also suspended him, but of actively hampering his defence and preventing branches supporting him.
Unison has been contacted for comment.
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