Sunday, 24 February 2013

Len McCluskey is on your side – Get The Vote Out!


Thank you to Unite AGS Tony Burke for permission to post article below:
Len McCluskey has secured almost 1100 nominations in his campaign to be re-elected Unite General Secretary.
The nominations come from every region of Unite and from every one of Unite’s sectors.
I am pleased that many nominations came from Unite’s manufacturing section, in branches, workplaces and chapels – ranging from aerospace, defence, automotive’s, IT, print and paper, steel, metals, chemical, oil, engineering, electrical, electronics, servicing, communications, professional and general manufacturing.
This shows the confidence our membership and our union reps have in Len’s leadership and the progressive policies that he has established and are our now in place.
During the past few weeks Len has attended rallies and meetings across the country explaining the policies that have transformed and unified Unite.
In the past 12 months Unite has increased membership by well over 50,000 members, the majority of them in manufacturing through the 100% campaign.
Unite has become a union that stands up for its members – no matter who you are, whether you work in a small business, a privately owned company, the public sector or a mulit-national – Len McCluskey is on your side helping to fight for better pay, better conditions, secure jobs and better skills and training.
  • In manufacturing Len has supported and led the 100% and organising campaigns.
  • He has supported the a new skills and training structure for the UK.
  • He has led the campaign for decent employment rights; opposed the new round of anti-union laws introduced by the Coalition and supported a campaign for proper information and consultation procedures;
  • Supported the establishment of strong links with other manufacturing unions here and abroad and most importantly our strategic campaigning in sectors such as the automotive sector, in oil refineries, in aerospace, defence and shipbuilding, in the steel industry and the fight for UK manufacturing.
Manufacturing is now it is back on the top of the agenda. Many of Unite’s policies, promoted and supported by Len McCluskey, are now becoming Labour party policy. The need to intervene, invest and grow manufacturing is now part of the alternative economic strategy – an alternative to stagnation and a debilitating and draining recession.
To those who say we should cut our ties with Labour, ask them how else will we secure a manufacturing strategy which will grow the economy and influence the future – for all of our members. How will we campaign get our young people into decent jobs and apprenticeships?
Ask Unite members employed at London Taxi International, who saved their factory through the campaigning influence of not only of Unite – but by working with Labour MPs.
During the past few weeks Len has explained the vision for the future of our union – a union that is fighting for members and growing again, reaching out beyond the workplace to the community.
There have been no undeliverable promises or half-baked ideas masquerading as policy. There has been no harking back to old structures with nor future or place in a modern, fighting and campaigning union.
Over the coming weeks Len McCluskey will be meeting members and union reps across the UK and Ireland, putting the case for his re-election.
Along with all the National Officers working in Manufacturing, I will be supporting Len, and campaigning to win every vote in the election.
We need to ensure we get the vote out. We need to get every member to vote for the future and vote for for Len. @Unite4Len

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Unite initiative to boost Morning Star

A new initiative by Unite in conjunction with the Morning Star was launched recently - and it's already beginning to bear fruit.
In a campaign spearheaded by general secretary Len McCluskey, Unite has written to its branches across Britain explaining why they should take out a regular order for our newspaper and how they can help the paper survive in the current difficult climate - by taking out shares and supporting the fighting fund.
It is one of a number of new initiatives Unite is implementing to help the paper.
In a leaflet sent to all of its union branches Len McCluskey says: "The Morning Star is an invaluable weapon that supports the trade union movement and one that I would like all activists in the union to read. That is why I am asking you to get your Unite branch to place a local order for at least one copy of the Morning Star daily.
"There is no substitute for reading the paper but you could also take out a shareholding in the Morning Star and send a regular monthly sum to the paper's Fighting Fund."
And that is exactly what branches are starting to do, with requests for shares coming in from branches from Scotland, the north west, south east and the south-west.
The leaflet also contains a printed form to hand to retailers to order a daily copy and an application for shares in the PPPS.
We are hoping that over the next few months, as Unite branches get into their cycle of meetings for 2013, we will pick up more daily readers, shareholders and regular fighting fund donations.
If this campaign is a success, the paper's management committee will consider extending the initiative to other unions who are supporters.
As Len McCluskey says: "Get cracking and order the Morning Star - the only daily paper that supports you and your union!"
Tony Burke
 Morning Star Trade Union Co-ordinator