UNISON members question Starmer nomination
Around 500 UNISON members have written to Dave Prentis and the Labour Link Committee expressing their disappointment members were not consulted before the union backed Keir Starmer for Labour leader.
The union announced on Wednesday it was nominating the Holborn and St Pancras MP for leader. It also announced it was backing Angela Rayner for deputy leader. The decisions were taken by the union’s Labour Link committee, which is made up of working people from across the country and from all walks of life. All are members of the Labour Party.
But other members have questioned the decision, writing to general secretary Dave Prentis and members of the Labour Link Committee, saying: “UNISON is now the UK’s largest trade union representing 1.3 million members. It is disappointing that the affiliated fund members were not consulted in this decision, as we have been in the past.
“This is an incredibly premature decision, as the contest has only been open for one day and (at the time of posting) there is still time for other candidates to come forward. There have been no hustings open to members or public debates. We note that the deadline for nominations is 14 February, leaving us with more than enough time to consult members ahead of the decision.
“We also note that In 2015 and 2016 UNISON carried out a substantial consultation process, so why not in 2020?
“As UNISON members, we believe that UNISON should be leading the way in the democratic engagement of members and find this missed opportunity deeply disappointing.”
Other unions are expected to make their nominations later in the month. This is the latest information we have: USDAW (Jan 20), GMB (Jan 21), Unite (Jan 24), CWU (Jan 30).
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