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From The Socialist newspaper, 8 July 2015

Unite rules conference

Britain's biggest union could reconsider funding Labour after leadership elections

Photo Paul Mattsson

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Kevin Parslow, Secretary, Unite Waltham Forest LE/1228 (personal capacity)

As we go to press, members of general union Unite are discussing major political changes at our four-yearly rules conference. Although the union's leadership has headed off calls to leave Labour, it was pressured to promise a new conference if the situation changes.

The union's leading body, the executive council, tried to avoid votes on a number of anti-Labour motions. To do this it produced what many members will see as a bland holding statement. This delays deciding on Labour affiliation until after the races for the party's London mayoral candidate, and its national and Scottish leaders, conclude.

A number of Socialist Party members took part in the debate to speak against the statement. But left-winger Jeremy Corbyn's leadership stand helped the executive convince conference to give Labour one more chance.

The statement passed. However, the leadership was not immune to growing pressure to leave Labour and build a new mass workers' party. This May, 196 Unite members stood in the elections for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), which includes the Socialist Party.

Special conference

General secretary Len McCluskey promised the executive could call a special conference following Labour leadership elections. This alone would justify TUSC's stand.

Len did not give any specific criteria for this to happen. But Socialist Party members, along with many others in Unite, will be pushing for a recall conference should Jeremy lose.

Even many of those who voted in favour of the statement are questioning the Labour link. 30 attended a TUSC fringe meeting, including strikers from south London's Bromley council. Their branch secretary, Kathy Smith, addressed the meeting.

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In The Socialist 8 July 2015:


International socialist news and analysis

Greece: Mighty class-based 'NO' shakes bosses' EU


Socialist Party news and analysis

Cuts for us, handouts for rich

Terrorism and classroom spying

Janner case: more establishment child abuse cover-ups

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ESA under the cosh

Low-income tenants face rent hikes

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Migrants flee horrors created by capitalism


Socialist Party workplace news

Hospital porters mop up in NHS pay battle triumph

Tube union: why we're striking

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Education under attack! Reports from the front line of the fightback

Yorkshire firefighters demonstrate against crew cuts

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party campaigns

Socialist Party LGBT group plans fightback against attacks and austerity

Bitter fight to save Bitterne walk-in centre continues

Scotland and North-West England hold TUSC conferences


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Why I joined: 'the Socialist Party has given me political confidence'

TV review: Picasso - Portillo's peculiar perspective


 

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