BASSA members complain about ‘officer interference’ in exec elections and ask Returning Officer to intervene
BASSA (British Airways Stewards and Stewardesses Association) members of Unite have rebelled against what insiders see as an attempt by the union’s general secretary and her supporters to seize the position of Chair on the Unite executive council, after Sharon Graham’s supporters failed – despite ‘dark money’ spending on ads and racist and allegedly ineligible candidates being allowed to stand and the alleged hefty use of union organisers – to do well in last month’s elections to the union’s ruling body.
BASSA has put in a complaint about ‘officer interference’ in the executive elections, involving allegations of nominations via officer control without the proper branch meeting. According to one well-placed insider:
BASSA are screaming about lay member democracy and want the nominations ruled out. The elections for the CAT [civil air transport] seats have not yet taken place so the exec will be 3 members short when they meet and vote for chair.
The newly elected executive members are until awful pressure to support the Sharon slate with her henchman phoning them daily telling them what they must do.
The contest for Chair of the Unite EC is between Graham supporter Kerry Owens and United Left-backed Docks rep Andy Green. Skwawkbox understands that BASSA reps met with Returning Officer Simon Hearn last week and are seeking to have the unsafe nominations ruled out. If their request is granted, all three CAT reps would be returned to the executive unopposed – and that they are likely to back Green in the Chair election.
Graham’s attempts to complete her control of the union have floundered against a backdrop of allegations that she tried to have evidence of her husband’s bullying and misogyny destroyed and outrage and protests in Ireland that came close to leading to the disaffiliation of an entire sector over Unite’s abuse of union legend Brendan Ogle.
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