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Exclusive: Unite – no denial employees complained about threats and bullying by Graham’s husband

Union fails to deny union employees lodged about bullying and threats of violence by Jack Clarke and that incidents were taped by victims

Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham

Unite has declined to answer questions about reports that the husband of the union’s general secretary was the subject of a string of complaints from fellow Unite staff – or that the staff had complained of bullying and even threats of violence by him. Despite the alleged complaints, Jack Clarke works in Sharon Graham’s team, after allegedly being appointed without the usual approval by Unite’s national executive (NEC) – allegations again not denied by the union.

Skwawkbox asked Unite:

1 Has Mr Clarke ever been accused of bullying by fellow employees?

2 Did those accusations result in disciplinary action taken against Mr Clarke?

3 Were there accusations about threats of violence being made by Mr Clarke?

The union did not address the questions directly. Instead, a press officer sent a series of insults and wholly defamatory allegations that Skwawkbox, after taking legal advice, will not reproduce here, except to indicate that the union claimed Skwawkbox generally ‘continues to spread lies’ out of ulterior motives. There was no direct denial of any of the points raised.

Last week, Unite similarly declined to deny that the appointment of Ms Graham’s husband to a senior role in her office had broken the union’s normal approval procedures by not being vetted or approved by the Unite executive. According to his Linkedin profile, he was appointed in March of this year – a month in which Unite’s NEC meets, making the lack of process all the more curious.

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