Unison numpties broad left

Unison numpties broad left have taken Umbridge at the support shown for Labour leader contender Keir Starmer. Crying foul and conspiracy and stirring up hate and dissent; nothing new there as they love an opportunity to beat on the union, the NEC and the General Secretary.

UNISON’s National Labour Link Committee met on the 8th January 2020 to discuss the outcome of the General Election and to consider endorsing a candidate for leadership of the Labour party following the failed Corbyn experiment. As you will all know, Labour suffered its worst defeat at the ballot box since 1935. On the doorstep t was clear that the then leader was not supported by most of the electorate, the manifesto offer of lollypops for everyone and the disastrous Brexit policy were some of the main reasons people would not support Labour.

The fact that many Labour heartland would rather vote for Boris Johnson rather than Corbyn, as shocking as that may be, evidences how out of touch Labour are with the electorate. Its one thing talking amongst ourselves, but it is the public we need to get behind us not the cultist factions. The priority for Labour should be getting elected into power, not placating the fantasy politics of the hard left.

UNISON’s National Labour Link Committee is made up of elected representatives from each region (except Northern Ireland) and Labour Party members/levy payers from the NEC. All members of the committee should be both levy payers and Labour Party members.  The committee is empowered to make decisions regarding Labour party policies, procedures and nominations. It is the responsibility of the committee to make these decisions in line with the rules of the union and legislation.

Most Regional representatives on the National Committee reported that they had consulted LINK committee members in their own regions prior to attending the meeting on the 8th January. One individual said that they had consulted in their region but was not going to vote in the way that consultees had indicated. It was surprising to see that this individual later posted on social media about the unfairness of the process, hypocrisy to the max me thinks.

The hard-left faction was quick to comment about the choices made by the Labour Link Committee or rather the choice of Leader. They didn’t seem to have a problem with the choice of Deputy Leader. What is interesting to note is that an overwhelming number of commentators are not UNISON members so have no vested interest in UNISON’s activities or its democratic processes. Also, worth noting that many were social party members (strange that don’t you think?) In fact, a socialist party member penned a letter to the General Secretary complaining about the decision, calling for a special NEC meeting to rerun the process. This naive and ignorant person clearly has no knowledge of UNISON’s rules, its processes and most importantly the law relating to the management of political funds. Disappointing as this individual is a long-standing member of the NEC. Having has this pointed out to them, they are still insistent on pursuing this course of action.

All this along with the faux angst and ignorance, probably goes a long way to explaining why the voting public could not back Corbynism and why would they.

There has been very little if any acknowledgement form the hard left as to the magnitude of the catastrophe of the 12th December 2019. Idiotic comments such as “we won the argument”, just serve to make the party look idiotic reality deniers. Labour did not win any argument, if that had been the case, Corbyn would be sitting in No 10 with his feet up sipping a hot cocoa and there would not be a massive Tory majority in the house of commons.

I am sure this argument about the decision to recommend Starmer will rage on. The hard-left faction will no doubt continue to stir the shit pot and make all sorts of claims to discredit the union and the National Labour Link Committee.  These parasites want to continue with a program of the ultra-left and have no conscious when it comes to making a difference. It’s all about them and it always will be. Look at the work that Starmer has undertaken on behalf of working people and the trade union movement, it’s a record that anyone would be proud of.

To make change we need to be in power, not sitting around stroking our egos because we are better socialists than anyone else. Successful politics is the art of compromise and credibility. Two important factors that the likes of unison numpties broad left would not recognize if they bit them in the arse.

Thanks for reading

GI Jayne

Piss and vinegar

Piss and vinegar

The hard-left faction have put out their latest newsletter, which removes any doubt that they are an external body whose aims are to take control of our union. This will not come as a shock to regular readers or anyone who has had any dealings with them in the past.

It is of course filled with the usual rhetoric and the assertion that the union is run by a right wing cartel who are running scared of the faction. They also claim that they were banned from campaigning for this very reason. The facts are there were not banned from doing anything and such is the size of their Stalinist egos, they believe that the prevention of outside bodies interfering with UNISON’s democratic process was solely aimed at them.

The above reveals more about them than is first evident. The celebration of members having taken successful industrial action to win disputes is something we all take pride in. Ensuring that we display our gratitude, solidarity and draw our inspiration from is quite righty something we would want to celebrate. Who better than the elected leader of our union to draw together that success for the benefit of conference? The suggestion that this was nothing more than ego trip for Prentis, is narcissistic gaslighting at its best. The hard-left well known for their highjacking of industrial action campaigns and attempts to reflect the glory onto themselves is apparent here in all its green eyed glory. Shock horror! Our union backs and supports members taking industrial action; who would have thought it?

So the hard-left faction will be putting up a single left candidate; can’t think who that will be? I am not entirely sure why there would be a need to develop demands? It would be normal to develop some kind of manifesto in support of candidacy for the purpose of election, unless it’s about making demands upon themselves, which would be bizarre! It is also strange that they believe as an outside body, they would be able to sponsor and support a candidate in this or any other elections?

Prima facia evidence that this external body is seeking to undermine our union.

If I were to draw a comparison with the hard-left faction, it would be with the Brexit party. Sedition is their aim by the spreading of untruths, exaggeration and denying the facts. Like the Brexit party they are determined to destroy a functioning body that has the interests of its members at heart. Anyone who points out their failings or the facts is immediately labelled “right wing” “Bairite” or worse. This of course is a tactic to close down debate and dehumanise anyone who is against them. In using these labels, it is easy for them to dismiss what is is said, so they neither have to justify what they are saying or take any responsibility.

I am not aware of anyone who has been “witch hunted” by our union. I am aware of a number of people that have been subject to rule I and other processes because they have breached unison’s rules, or behaved in a manner that is unacceptable towards members of staff. In any process, decisions are made based on evidence, not some McCarthyistic ideology as the hard-left faction would have you believe. The decisions and outcomes are made by lay members, having taken into account evidence presented.

This faction are not UNISON, they are actively campaigning to undermine the union and its values. UNISON is a democratic union that puts members at the heart of everything it does and I for one want to keep it that way.

Thanks for reading.

GI Jayne

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

 

An amazing coincidence!

A remarkable and amazing coincidence has occurred! A group of candidates that have no connection to unison action broad left (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) have banded together to form a slate. This slate, that has nothing to do with the hard left faction (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) have produced a flyer, on one side the list of candidates and on the other side a manifesto.

A new member asked the hard left faction if there was a unison action broad left slate for the NEC elections. The response came back that there was no unison action broad left slate this year, providing a link to a list of candidates and a manifesto. The questioner asked if there is any connection with unison action broad left, to which the the response was “none whatsoever”.

Being a curious individual I decided to check the information posted for my self.

I thought to myself; this is very odd, there seem to be a majority of people on this list that are known members of unison action broad left. How very strange I thought! Why would these people not associate themselves with unison action broad left? This must be some new group I thought to myself; some new hard left faction; where oh were is unison action broad left?

I then remembered that I had seen this manifesto before, at the Heath and Community conferences.

Imagine my surprise to discover that this mystery group of candidates who have nothing to do with unison action broad left (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) had used the exact same manifesto as the unison action broad left flyers. I ask you, what are the odds? This has to be the greatest coincidence in electoral history.

Of course this is not a coincidence and there is no mystery behind who is responsible for the slate. The hard-left faction are failing miserably to keep their mitts off anything to do with the NEC elections, because they know that anyone who uses the resources of an external body will be liable for disciplinary action. They must think that UNISON members are stupid and that they will not notice that these lying charlatans are behind this. The only idiots here are they themselves. You would have thought that when planning this colossal lie, that one of them may have thought that someone would put two and two together and make four.

These people really are bad news and I ask you reader not to vote for anyone on that list. If they can lie to you about this, what else are they lying about? Those of you that have attended the Community and Health conferences will have seen these documents, so you know they are genuine.

These NEC elections are important to all members, you may not know all the candidates if any in some circumstance, but I think you ought to thank unison action broad left for providing you with a list of people not to vote for.

Thanks for reading.

G I Jayne

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