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Exclusive: Unite fails to deny recordings made of Graham’s husband bullying staff – and transcripts

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham

Unite has declined to answer further questions about reports that the husband of the union’s general secretary was the subject of a string of complaints from fellow Unite staff and that both male and female staff had complained of bullying and even threats of violence by him. Jack Clarke works in Sharon Graham’s team despite the complaints.

Skwawkbox asked Unite:

  1. were the accusations the subject of recordings being made by fellow staff members who felt threatened?
  2. did the union transcribe those recordings?

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.

Yesterday, Unite declined to deny that Mr Clarke had been the subject of the complaints and last week, the union 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 notable.

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