Irish trade unionist Brendan Ogle has received rapturous applause for his speech to today’s Irish policy conference of the Unite union.
Ogle, Unite’s most senior Irish officer, has been the target of what locals say is a London-driven political attack
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 general secretary Sharon 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. The union continues to deny the allegations.
According to attendees, Ogle spoke on the need for unity in the trade union movement and received a ‘huge’ ovation.
Graham cancelled her scheduled appearance at the event without explanation.
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