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Mirror pays damages and apologises to McCluskey for lying that he’d ‘nearly bankrupted’ Unite

In fact, former Unite general secretary grew union’s wealth by 900% during his tenure

The Mirror newspaper has apologised and paid £18,000 in damages to former Unite general secretary Len McCluskey for publishing a false claim that McCluskey had ‘nearly bankrupted’ the union. In fact, the union’s wealth increased by a factor of nine, to some half a billion pounds, during McCluskey’s tenure as well as, along with political director Howard Beckett, massively growing the union’s strike fund to provide financial support to striking members.

Under McCluskey, Unite became one of the movement’s strongest and most active unions in defence of its members, as well as fighting for real change on a political front to benefit both its members and the whole country. That McCluskey faced such smears from the Establishment media and the Labour right shows how worried the elites and the right-wing so-called ‘centrists’ were that the union, along with the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn, threatened their monopoly on power and wealth for the sake of the many – a situation that tragically no longer prevails under Labour’s non-oppositional, collusive regime.

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