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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 March 2017
Ballot papers go out in Unite elections
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey addressing striking bus drivers in Oxford, 2.3.17, photo Nick Chaffey (Click to enlarge)
As ballot papers go out in the Unite general secretary and executive elections, the Blairite challenger to Len McCluskey, Gerard Coyne, has shown his true colours. Unite members were shocked when he wrote a column on 21 March in the hated Sun newspaper.
But a day before voting started, he was back in the Murdoch press, this time the Sunday Times. His article "A vote for me stops Unite playing fantasy politics with Corbyn" confirms the character of his challenge.
As the Socialist Party has consistently argued, there needs to be a united front behind Len McCluskey against Coyne because his challenge represents another attempt of the Labour right to remove Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader and any prospect of an anti-austerity Labour Party.
As Len says in an interview with Kevin Maguire in the Mirror, Corbyn represents an "opportunity to promote an alternative to the devastating austerity that the Tories are placing on the backs of ordinary working people in our communities."
But a Len victory is a vital step in this and it can't be taken for granted. It is a serious mistake for Ian Allinson to have stood in the election and needlessly risk splitting the left vote, potentially opening the door to Coyne.
We disagree with Ian's description of the union under McCluskey's tenure. As Len states in the Mirror interview, "In the past three years we've had 1,000 industrial action ballots and every one got a result with a satisfactory outcome."
There are four Socialist Party members on the United Left slate in the executive elections - Suzanne Muna (London and Eastern), Jamie Cocozza (Scotland), Jimmy Tyson (Construction) and Kevin Bennett (GEMS).
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In The Socialist 29 March 2017:
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