A Foot in Two Camps

UNISON’s new NEC met for the first time on Wednesday 3rd July, an opportunity for experienced and new members to meet and get to know each other. A very significant meeting as it is probably the first time in 4-5 years that the whole NEC has been in the same room, due to the hard left’s insistance on sitting in a separate location. This was due to the recent flooding of UNISON HQ, so the meeting was moved to the National Education Union building. Far from being a heartfelt reunion, the hard-left faction was keen to reassert its lines of division.

The theme seems to have been to demand a general election now! Now that’s all well and good, but you would kind of think that Labour would have a chance of winning. The latest poll information puts Labour in last position, the lowest it has been since the 1940s.

Voter intentions do not show support for Corbyn’s Labour and the recent local and EU elections would bear that out. Of course, the hard-left faction would claim that the Peterborough by-election was evidence of Labour having the impetus to win a general election. A majority of 683 does not a government make, nor is it cause for celebration. It would be interesting to see how much that campaign cost the party.

The hard left was calling for a mass demonstration to march on parliament and demand a general election, this being an opportunity for them to wave some banners and sell some more cat litter tray liners. So scared would the government be, that they would immediately capitulate and acquiesce to their demands, don’t think that is going to happen somehow.

The key to winning an election is to get the voting public on side, with clear evidencable policies that reflect their needs and priorities. We all know that a change of government is desperately needed, preferably a Labour government. Corbyn’s leadership record is woefully poor from the point of view of getting us closer to No 10. Flip flopping and ambiguity will not help Josephine public choose Labour when they stand in the polling booth.

Part of the NEC meeting is to allocate members to the strategic committees that do all the work between NEC meetings. I want to focus on the Labour LINK committee. This is notoriously difficult to get on given the rules. There has to a certain number of Women, 8 I believe and at least 5 low paid seats. Out of a complement of 12 it can be quite tight, so I am told. Only NEC members who are members of the Labour party are eligible to stand and vote.

The issue I wanted to make you aware of the reader, is that a number of known socialist and SWP members apparently turned out to the meeting with full voting rights and eligibility to stand. This is very worrying as their allegiance to the union and the Labour party is questionable. It surprises me that they are not required to declare these interests at the meeting. I am sure that UNISON members would want assurance that such an important committee would be populated by Labour party members whose interests were focused on the party and not the extremist views of marginal political naïve factionists. Maybe it’s something for the NEC to consider for the future.  I am assured that none of the double-hatters were successful.

Thanks for reading

GI Jayne

 

Hard – left faction attacks Hope Not Hate

The latest target on the hard-left faction shit list is Hope Not Hate. One of the numpties posted that they had attended an event in Manchester and read a document from the Hope Not Hate stall that criticised the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn and his attitude to anti semitism. Now I don’t know about you? but Hope Not Hate I think, know a thing or two about racism and anti semitism. So incensed was the numpty that they. Are moved to right a resolution stating that HNH has no place at a trade union event.

One responder said “I stopped supporting them when it became clear they were very anti Corbyn’. The numpty responded “I’ve only just realised. Looks like it’s gone the same way as Momentum”. Reference was made to an article from 2018 regarding the mural debacle, saying “it was a very scathing article on Corbyn’. It was quite rightly scathing given the facts of the situation, so no disagreement with that particular numpty. Hope Not Hate

A furthernumty responds “I didn’t realise that were that bad”.

The hard-left faction were content to leave racist material on their Facebook page, and if you care to look you will see that it is probably still there. Unison action broad left fail to acknowledge that they are part of the problem. The fail to understand that they are adding to the fuel of anti semitism within the Labour Party. Think on this! They are content to allow anti semitism to continue rather than criticise the Labour leader when he fails to act and makes colossal gaffs like the mural issue and the countless other examples.

It now seems that the very people who shine the spotlight on these issues are to be vilified because they dare to point out the bleeding obvious. Their solution is not to combat anti semitism but ignore or remove the people that do. So they are content to spend their energy and the time of others in attacking HNH for challenging anti semitism. This is the action of a racist organisation that is rotten to the core. Don’t be fooled by these charlatans masquerading as the white knights (no pun intended but if the cap fits) who will rescue the union from the evil Blairites and right wingers. These people are dangerous as is their ideology.

Reader the evidence is there if you care to look, as always, don’t take my word for it.

Thanks for reading.

G I Jayne

Excuse me for asking?

Excuse me for asking? but why are a group of unison members who want to campaign within unison celebrating the following? “23 out of 25 seats on NIPSA (Northern Ireland Public Sector union) NEC won by the Broad Left in this week’s elections. UNISON next…” This was posted on the hard-left Facebook page this afternoon.

Unison action broad left have continuously denied having any conection to the socialist party/SWP. If you look up the origins of the “broad left”, you will discover that it has its roots in the socialist party, this link refers The Broad Left Organising Committee There is also further information out there if you care to look for it.

There is no beating about the bush on this matter, YOU ARE BEING LIED TO! This outside body is seeking to infiltrate UNISON for its own polictical ends. They are not the honest brokers they claim to be. What the above statement tells us is that they are seeking to infiltrate all trade unions, to raid their resources and influence members to their ideology.

I ask you to condider reader, why they would be celebrating the outcome of a different trade union’s elections if they were only concerned with matters UNISON?

UNISON members need to vote carefully in the upcomming NEC elections, to ensure that these lying charlatans do not get a firmer foothold in the running of our union.

You have been warned!

Thanks for reading

GI Jayne

Braying Dogs Auto-Sodomised by their own Hubris

The hard-left faction went full pelt in their attacks on UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis yesterday (18-02-19). They were calling for Saint Corbyn to “LAUNCH A STRUGGLE TO KICK OUT BLAIRITES AND FIGHT FOR SOCIALIST POLICIES”. The term Blairite of course being Socialist party code for anyone who does not agree with their crackpot view of the world. I always find it interesting that the Socialist party feel they are able to dictate Labour party policy, or are in any position to demand anything of them.

We also have an aledged UNISON member commenting from the Socialist party A numpty speaks Of course the Socialist party/SWP do not have any influence on the hard-left faction, funny how they are the only ones commenting.

The hard-left faction were claiming that Prentis comments were sympathetic towards the independent 7; I have to confess that I struggle to see it. If you can see it in the statement below, please point it out to me.

Commenting on the announcement today (Monday 18-02-19) that seven Labour MPs have resigned from the party and are to sit as an independent group, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“This is terrible news and the last thing public service employees across the UK will want to hear.

“Working people need a Labour government but split parties don’t win elections. Labour’s overriding concern must be to look long at hard at the reasons why the MPs feel they are no longer able to stay in the party.

“The party must get its act together over Brexit and ensure the country is spared the calamity of a no deal. Crashing out of Europe would be disastrous for public services and ordinary people across the country, and it must be stopped.”

The below statement was put out by unison action broad left.

SEVEN MPS’ QUIT LABOUR IN ANTI-CORBYN SPLIT – CORBYN MUST LAUNCH A STRUGGLE TO KICK OUT BLAIRITES AND FIGHT FOR SOCIALIST POLICIES

Many UNISON members will have been unsurprised to see the long-awaited split of some Blairite MPs away from the Labour Party finally manifest itself as the Independent Group in parliament of 7 MPs.

Unfortunately the first statement from our general secretary appears to have more sympathy for the seven than for Corbyn.

These MPs have been firmly hostile to the leadership of Labour by Jeremy Corbyn, and his radical manifesto in 2017, that put forward many of the demands that trade unionists have been making including a £10 an hour minimum wage, renationalisation of the railways, a mass council house building programme and more.

Corbyn’s repeated victories have been followed with a strengthening of the left in UNISON and the beginnings of a more combative policy to fight for our members interests.

Instead these Blairites wish to take us back to the past with neoliberal policies and support for austerity, as expressed in their statement of their views:

“Britain works best as a diverse, mixed social market economy, in which well-regulated private enterprise can reward aspiration and drive economic progress and where government has the responsibility to ensure the sound stewardship of taxpayers’ money and a stable, fair and balanced economy”

If these MPs had remained within the Labour Party they would have continued to fight for such positions and sabotage a Corbyn-led government from implementing its programme.

Therefore it was entirely correct for those on the left to argue for support for mandatory reselection so that such MPs could have been challenged by the members rather than being able to leave on their own terms.

The seven are far from the only Labour MPs who share their views, with the majority of Blairite MPs still being of the opinion that it is better to attack Corbyn from within the Labour Party.

UNISON should immediately withdraw any financial or other support from these MPs.

Corbyn should withdraw the whip from any MP who helps to prop up the Tories.

These events make even clearer that what is needed to consolidate the victory of Corbyn in two leadership elections is the refounding of the Labour Party, restoring a socialist clause in its constitution and the collective rights of trade unions and opening it’s doors to all groups who wish to join.

 

For those of you that have been watching events unfold in parliament over recent months, you will have noticed that opportunity after opportunity to hammer the Tories has been either missed or ignored. The labour leadership have pissed away the chance to make clear ground and bring us closer to a Labour government. I do not agree with the actions of the 7, but I do share their frustration.

Prentis is quite right in his call for the party to look at reasons that the 7 have left the party, this should be a priority. The fantasy politics of unison action broad left are just that; fantasy. This naive statement shows how monotheistic their ideology is and how clueless they really are. They are content to worship at the altar of Corbyn whilst labouring on their own genitals, ignoring the world collapsing around them. Anyone who shows any descent from their world view is to be vilified, cast out and labeled a Blairite or right-wing. This is a convenient way of ignoring the bleeding obvious, so they never have to confront the flaws in their arguments. The shouting down of opponents and the bullying of them is common place, however they refuse to recognise this behaviour in themselves, but are quick to point it out in their opponents.

The nihilistic braying of unison action broad left damages not only UNISON but the Labour movement. Their outragous attacks on Dave Prentis bring us all down. One of the worts examples of yesterday’s comments was “our general secretary has always been a spineless bastard”, a comment that has no foundation whatsoever.

I have been a lifelong member of the Labour party and I want nothing more than to see a Labour government in power to undo the mess the Tories have left us in and to rebuild a caring and supportive society. I recognise that we will need people of good conscience from different backgrounds to help us achieve this. I am saddened by the 7 MPs who have left the party, but I respect the fact that they believe they had no alternative.

On the opposite side of the coin, we see they party re-admiting Derek Hatton into membership. This was a man who cared nothing for our members or our party and I can see that nothing has changed. He caused more damage to our movement than anyone else in the eighties and the ban on his membership should have been lifelong.

Always check the facts reader, the truth is out there.

Thanks for reading.

 

GI Jayne

 

 

 

What’s happening in Numptyville?

On one of the saddest days in Labour history the hard-left faction focus their vitriol on UNISON’s General Secretary Dave Prentis. Mr Prentis put out a statement this morning relating to the exiting of the 7 Labour MPs from the party. What was the reaction of unison action broad left? They took they opportunity to vent their hatred of UNISON…

I know they believe they are the only people qualified to have any political opinion as they see themselves as the true heroes of the working class. Well reader, the only thing they have a monopoly of is ego. These are the sort of people who have been responsible for dragging the good name of the Labour Party through the mud. The type of people who are content to spread hatred with abandon, caring not one jot as to the effects of their nasty small minded bigotry.

Its all about them and sod the rest of us. These are the people who want to take control of your union, but shy away from any real responsibility. They are people made of straw who champion fantasy politics, quick to point the finger and stir up the mob. Their ideology is based on sand with no substance or credibility. Wipe away the poison and they are left with nothing.

As usual reader, don’t take my word for it, read it for yours self. Reproduced in full below.

Thanks for reading.

GI Jayne

Nominations Nominations

You may be forgiven for not noticing that prospective NEC candidates are currently seeking nominations from Branches for the forthcoming NEC elections. The hard-left faction, although trying hard not to fly the unison action broad left flag, are fielding about 50 candidates, if the list they are peddling in their begging letters are to be believed. The most recent of these was circulated at the Black Members Conference.

The list of demands on the leaflet are somewhat confusing, because it looks like they are demanding it of themselves. But let’s be generous and look at each one.

We demand unison action against racism (obviously slotted in to appeal to Black Members) Difficult to understand exactly what they are demanding, as UNISON’s record on challenging racism is pretty solid. Interesting they make this demand, given the fact they allowed racist material to be displayed on their face book page. Hypocrisy of the highest order.

We demand unison action to save our jobs Presumably this is a call for more strikes, as they are clearly failing to recognise the hard work of branches, activists and officers. As a lot of those named are officers and stewards of branches, are they suggesting that they themselves are doing nothing? Well, they are probably not putting the work in were its needed. If your response to everything is strike, you are bound to miss other oportunities.

We demand unison action for decent pay This suggests that UNISON has done nothing on pay, the last time I looked UNISON members voted on pay deals. The hard-left faction do not respect the decisions of members who make democratic decisions. Don’t they trust members to do this? You would think not.

We demand tories out now and a general election Straight from the SWP playbook. This call can be heard at the paste tables of the SWP and Socialist party in most cities. Interesting that they are not demanding this of UNISON, in fact it is not clear who they are demanding it of?

Let’s have a look at some of the comments contained within a unison action broad left nomination request.

The way the nec works must change and It must reach decisions member’s want.

The union works in a democratic way, so by default not everyone is going to be satisfied, It is of course right and proper that democratic decisions are supported by all members of the NEC by virtue of collective responsibility, something the hard-left faction are not keen on.

Given that this individual prefers to segregate themself from the NEC by sitting in a different room, I think I may agree with this one; yes turn up and get involved!

Not content with continuing austerity, members in this region are being forced to work for no pay.

Now forgive me if I am wrong, but isn’t what is described here slavery? Wouldn’t you expect this individual to be reporting this to the police? At the very least you would expect them to do something about it it?

The rule  book states we  are a member led union. But are we? Or are we led by  unelected  paid officers, the  majority of whom are NOT unison.members. And what about the majority  of the  current nec? Can  they  really be  trusted to defend our  member’s.?

This is a long running claim by the hard-left faction that has no basis in fact whatsoever. It does emphasise their total ignorance of how the union works and given this individual has been a member of the NEC for a number of years, it clearly demonstraits that they have not been paying attention. Paid officers of the union are employees of UNISON, who are free to join a trade union. There are a number of trade unions recognised by unison who make up the staff side just like any progressive employer. Some of them are UNISON members mainly for reasons of solidarity. If UNISON did not employ people it would not be able to function.

Can the current NEC members be trusted? Well I don’t think I would be trusting this individual. I am sure that this sort of rhetoric is the cause of great offence to current NEC members who do work hard on behalf of the members.

There must be no more polical witch hunts. Both  branches and members must  have the  right to campaign against  national policy- including  opposing  pay deals – free from faceing  suspension and free from the interference of unelected  of paid officers.

Please read my previous blogs on this subject. To summarise, an individual is currently suspended from UNISON and is under investigation. The hard-left faction are claiming it is for speaking out against UNISON policy. The truth of the matter is that they don’t know what the person is suspended for or what the allegations amount to. They have mounted a campaign of support for a reason that is nothing more than fantasy. I am sure that the truth will leak out once ever the formal process has ended. UNISON has specific rules relating to the conduct of its members and where allegations of a breach of these rules are made, it has a duty to investigate. UNISON employs staff who are trained and able to conduct these investigations. The decision as to wether the allegations are upheld is made by lay officials.

The time has come for members to take control of thier union. Yes  there has been industrial action but these have been grass roots level action and only belatedly received national backing, what we need is an NEC that leads and not follows. No more letting branches  fight alone.

Another old chestnut this one with a touch of the Brexit missive. All industrial action must be approved by the National Industrial Action Committee, having been first approved by the Regional Secretary concerned. There has been industrial action and it has been supported by the wider union and the Regions concerned. If they believe that there has been no industrial action, they must have been living in a bubble.

As I have explained many times before, all industrial action has to abide by legislation to provide protection to both members and the union. The hard-left faction keep ignoring this vitally important point. What they mean by “fighting alone” is that they want secondary action which is unlawful.

What is meant by “an NEC that leads not follows” is beyond me, as to its meaning, perhaps someone could explain it?

Most of the requests that I have seen cover the same territory, some in a slightly different way and many are obviously cut and paste from the same template. The template has probably been penned by the shadowy characters who associate themselves with unison action broad left, obviously fuelled by the SWP/Socialist party.

Having been declared as an outside organisation, unison action broad left are struggling to leave their fingerprints off the campaign, however the cracks are forming. You don’t have to be a forensic genius to to see this.

My advice to you reader, would be to support anyone other than the people that appear on the list. If you care about the union and everything it does, don’t give these people a bigger foothold on your union. They claim they do not want to take over the union; the evidence proves that they do.

Thanks for reading.

GI Jayne

 

 

 

Gilets Jerks

So, our friends in the hard-left rouge faction, are now calling upon our members to take part in illegal activities. Let’s be like the French, don the yellow vests and lets stop putting up with this vile Tory government”. They are calling on members to attend the up-and-coming demonstration in London on 12 January 2019, organised by the People’s assembly the campaign for a general election. As you will no doubt recall, the activities of Gilets Jaunes in Paris towards the end of 2018, involved acts of violence, vandalism and disorder. This behaviour cause d a number of innocent members of the public to be injured by those involved in these activities.

Unison action broad left, seem to be of the belief that is okay to involve our members in this type of criminal activity. Clearly, they have no concerns to the welfare and well-being of our members, and are content to use them is Canon fodder in support of their own aims. This attitude is totally reckless and not what our trade union is about. Unison has a long tradition of peaceful protest in support of its aims and objectives. Unison has never condoned the use of violence or aggression to support its policies. The call on members to act in a violent and criminal manner, exemplifies the attitude the hard-left faction when it comes to supporting our members. They seem content to put them in harm’s way and to make them into criminals.

These people are nothing more than anarchists masquerading as socialists, they bring shame upon the trade union movement. Some of these people will be looking to get elected to UNISON’s NEC in the very near future. While we are on this subject it is worth noting that the hard-left faction is fearful of paid officials attending their branch meetings. You have to ask why? Well it is clear they have something to hide and are now claiming that paid officials cannot attend branch meetings. This is of course nonsense! Accountability and working within the union’s rules are something they fear. If they have nothing to hide, why are they against it?

It is worth noting that one of the shady characters that is not a UNISON member makes comment on UNISON’s rules. Why is this person interested in the activities of UNISON? They claim to be an authority, however this Socialist party member has a little too much to do with the business of unison action broad left, why is this?

Their real agenda will become more apparent, although if you take time to look, it is plain for all to see. They are happy to cast members into the dust and use them in support of their fantasy politics driven by the SWP/Socialist party agenda. Remember the rouge faction are not recognised by UNISON and are classed as an outside body; there is good reason for this.

Thanks for reading

GI Jane

Claims that UNISON is anti-democratic are bogus

Below is a breakdown of the facts relating to the unison action statement on the recent NEC decision on the election procedures. The original text of the statement is in italics  and the commentary in red.

UNION DEMOCRACY AND RIGHT TO CAMPAIGN UNDER THREAT.

At the 6th December NEC a new set of elections procedures were passed that we believe are not only a breach of the rules of the union but also of our conference policy.    

There is no breach of UNISON’s rules, the election procedures are within the law and within UNISON’s rules and has little to do with conference policy.    

The new election procedure states:

“No nominee or candidate shall invite or accept any donation or contribution in money or kind from any organisation or company, including from any provider of goods or services to UNISON, any political party or any employer in which unison organises.  For the avoidance of doubt an outside organisation or company includes but is not limited to an organisation, club, association or other entity which consists wholly or partly of UNISON members and is not provided for in UNISON rules. In determining whether or not something fits into this category, income resources and formal structures would be considered .This is not an exhaustive list.”

Who would have any issue with this? Why would the union want outside interference in its procedures? It would not be acceptable to have a political party or organisation supporting candidates. It is a reasonable expectation that those standing for office support the aims, objectives, values and rules of our union. It is worth noting that the hard-left faction asked for the definition of an outside organisation and they clearly fall into this category. Claims that they are a grass roots movement of unison members campaigning from within can easily be disproven. There is a plethora of evidence to demonstrate that they do not work within the rules of the union, that they actively campaign against the aims and objectives of they union, that they bully and harass officials of the union and that their interests are not those of the union.  There is overwhelming evidence that they are backed by the rape apologist SWP and the militant Socialist party.

Not satisfied with Banning members of political parties or organisations campaigning last year in the SGE elections in support of their members, the union is now effectively banning any group of unison members getting together to campaign.

This claim is not factual, the union is not banning members, it is preventing outside organisations from campaigning against the union and having undue influence over its democratic processes. Unison action broad left is not a democratic organistation, it does not comply with UNISON’s rules, procedures or protocols. As demonstrated at the NEC meeting of the 6th December 2018, they do not support collective responsibility or accountability. They are not recognised by UNISON, they actively campaign against UNISON, they use bullying and harassing tactics in support of their own aims.

UNISON is a listening union that encourages members to engage with its democratic processes within the rules of the union. The hard-left faction does not operate within the rules of the union and are backed by extremist political groups.

This is clearly aimed at trying to ban and silence UnisonAction from campaigning in the forthcoming NEC elections. It is our view that this is a clear breach of the rules of the union.

Unison action have determined their own destiny by virtue of their actions and activities. They have self-determined their own status outside of UNISON’s rules. As an independent trade union, UNISON can determine its own rules and procedures within the law outside of the influence of external bodies. There is no breach of UNISON’s rules here.        

The right of members to campaign is specifically provided for in Rule B2.5 and our national conference in 2001 further clarified this when it passed composite I contained in the democracy in unison guidelines.

Rule B2.5 states:

To promote and safeguard the rights of members to have an adequate opportunity to participate in the initiation and development of policy making, through meetings, conferences, delegations or ballots, and to encourage the maximum democratic debate, together with the right to campaign to change policy, while at all times acting within the rules and agreed policy.

The Democracy in UNISON guidelines (link below) are a clear and unambiguous set of principles.

https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2013/06/On-line-Catalogue133053.pdf

The NEC is bound by Rule D2.1 “not do anything that is inconsistent with these Rules or the policy of the Union as laid down by the National Delegate Conference”. 

The arbitrary selection of sentences from particular rules is disingenuous, as it removes the context. As with all things, rules cannot be read in isolation. The suggestion or rather allegation here, is that the NEC have acted outside of the rules. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is just another example of wishful thinking on behalf of the faction. As the DIU guidelines state Outside bodies should not be able to seek to undermine the established and agreed policies of the union”. This is clear and unambiguous. Therefore, the NEC is acting within the rules, guidance and policy of the union.

Rule D 2.1 states:

FUNCTIONS AND AUTHORITY

The general management and control of the Union between National Delegate Conferences shall be vested in the National Executive Council, which shall comprise representatives elected from the Regions and Service Groups plus four national black members’ seats, two young members’ seats and two disabled members’ seats. It shall have full power and authority to act  on behalf of the Union in every respect and for every purpose falling within the objects of the Union. It shall not do anything that is inconsistent with these Rules or the policy of the Union as laid down by the National Delegate Conference.

The fact that the NEC have full power and authority to act on behalf of the Union in every respect and for every purpose falling within the objects of the Union, is something that the faction is totally opposed to. It is worth remembering that NEC members are elected for that specific purpose as custodians of the union’s rules and democratically decided objectives. The NEC does have the power and responsibility to make executive decisions on behalf of the union as this rule clearly demonstrates.

As such we believe that the new election rules agreed by a majority of the NEC are acting outside of the rules of the union and conference policy.

This is a clear distortion of the facts which contradicts the points they are making above, or rather it is conveniently ignored. The DIU guidelines have this to say about collective responsibility. 

Collective Responsibility

3.1 Once a policy is established it is important that all constituent parts of the union work together to promote it and take collective responsibility in supporting it.

3.2 This principle was reinforced by the 1998 National Delegate Conference which decided: ‘there is an obligation on branches, regions and the NEC to promote existing policy and to accept collective responsibility once decisions have been democratically taken. Once policy has been agreed by democratic means at an appropriate level, all members should expect that those who may not have agreed with the decision establishing policy but were in a minority, should not be able simply to withdraw it. Such action would undermine the whole principle of collective strength and solidarity which the democracy of the union is established to promote. Democracy cannot thrive if agreed policies count for nothing. Outside bodies should not be able to seek to undermine the established and agreed policies of the union.

It is not the NEC who are acting outside of the rules and conference policy, it is those that associate themselves with the hard-left faction. Their activities and deliberate refusal to work within the rules and support democratic process is akin to anarchy, as they seek to undermine the core principles of UNISON.

There is also a question whether this would also be in contravention of the Human Rights act and the freedom of assembly.

Article 11: Freedom of assembly and association has nothing to do this. The below link provides information as to the provision of article 11. There is no attempt by UNISON to prevent the existence of the faction, the NEC decision is to prevent external organisations form influencing the democratic process.

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/human-rights-act/article-11-freedom-assembly-and-association

In a further worrying development a number of us have been threatened with action being taken against us for an alleged breach of collective responsibility for daring to raise our concerns and voting against the proposals. 

If this is the case, then it is evident that they are not working within the rules and objectives of the union and the threat of disciplinary action under these circumstances is within the rules of the union.

It is urgent that branches and members raise their concerns with regards the new proposals by passing resolutions at branch, region and raise it on the Service group Executives. 

This is a prima facia case of these individuals flouting UNISON’s rules, protocols and conference policy. The act of encouraging others to do so is in my opinion a disciplinary matter. They are clearly failing to follow rules and and in particular collective responsibility. It is reasonable for members to expect elected officials to follow the rules and procedures of the union and for them to uphold the values and procedures of their union. This behaviour is a wanton act of vandalism and a demonstration of the anti-democracy attitude of this this faction.  

Vicky Perrin –                     NEC member Yorkshire and Humberside

Jim McFarlane –                NEC member Scotland

Hugo Pierre –                    Black members NEC member

April Ashley –                    Black members NEC member

Jacqui Berry –                    NEC member South East

Michelle Goodman –       NEC member South West

Steve North –                      NEC member North West

It may be a reasonable assumption that those that have put their names to this document are members of the Socialist party, perhaps they would like to either confirm or deny that?

Thanks for reading.

GI Jayne

The faction that refuses to accept that it is a faction

The hard left faction otherwise known as unison action broad left, who are backed by the SWP/Socialist party, received a cold dose of reality at the recent NEC meeting (6th December 2018). Now officially recognised as an outside body by UNISON, they have not taken the news well. They are claiming that this designation is anti democratic and an abuse of human rights. This of course nonsense!

They claim that they should have the right to organise against our union and actively campaign against the democratically decided policies of the union and to bully and intimidate officials, both lay and paid, in pursuit of their aims. They also believe they should have the right to campaign on behalf of the SWP/Socialist party within the union, putting their political allegiances before the union.

The NEC debated the procedures for the forthcoming NEC elections and were of the strong belief that outside bodies and political parties should play no part in the elections. Candidates should not be backed or supported financially or otherwise by these groups.

As you would imagine, the hard left faction spoke against the procedures, they even stated that they did not support collective responsibility, which is a fundamental democratic principle and central to the ethical process of the union. I am sure you will agree that this is astounding hypocrisy from the hard left faction who claim to be a democratic organisation. This is clear evidence that they are not.

They procedures were agreed in draft form at the NEC’s Development and Organising committee, having gone through legal scrutiny. Members of the hard left faction were present at the meeting and are bound by collective responsibility, this didn’t prevent them from voting against it at the NEC meeting.

I note that they have put out a statement on Facebook signed by Socialist party members, the statement most probably penned by one of the shady characters who associate themselves with the faction.

They are claiming that the election procedures are outside of UNISON’s rules against the democracy guidelines and a breach of Human rights, namely freedom of association. Theses allegations have no basis in fact and could be considered as pure fantasy and wishful thinking.

I welcome the decision of the NEC and congratulate them on showing true leadership in standing up to the bullying and corrosive hard left faction. This is not before time!

I am sure this won’t be last we hear of this as there is nothing more than a futile campaign to make them feel as though they are valid. They do like to whip up a storm and drop it as soon as the terrain gets a little difficult. You will no doubt hear all sorts of allegations and threats from the hard left faction, but they cannot hide from the truth, they are not part of UNISON, they are an external body who work outside the rules of out union for their own political ends supported by the SWP/Socialist party.

Our union should always come first and we should always support collective decisions wether we personally support them or not, that is the grown up responsible thing to do.

Thanks for reading.

GI Jayne

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