Despite more than two days to deny cancellation, union fails to do so and says it will not respond to further requests for comment
Unite activists in Ireland say that the union’s general secretary Sharon Graham has cancelled her planned appearance in Dublin this week at Unite’s Irish policy conference, with no excuse yet provided by the union. Ms Graham was due to speak at the event on Tuesday and take part in a ‘Q&A’ with delegates.
The cancellation comes as outrage continues to mount in Ireland at what locals say is a London-driven attack on Ireland’s most senior Unite officer, Brendan Ogle, in an attempt to coerce him into a demotion and a sidelined job 100 miles or so from his usual base after his return from successful cancer treatment. The move has seen branches write to Graham demanding Ogle’s return to his normal duties, Irish politicians express their condemnation – and even one of the union’s big sectors start moves to disaffiliate entirely from Unite.
Skwawkbox wrote to Unite on Friday asking for comment on the reasons for the cancellation. Despite more than two days to provide comment or deny the cancellation, the union has only responded with what Skwawkbox’s legal advisers say is a defamatory response – and to say that it will no longer answer any press enquiries from Skwawkbox.
One local source told this site:
It looks absolutely terrible for the visit to be cancelled when there are so many people clamouring for answers, explanation and a guarantee that this unacceptable behaviour will stop.
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