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

Idiots at large

The hard left faction in engaging in its favourite pastime of Prentis bating over the call for unity in the Labour Party are showing how ignorant they really are. In a power demonstration of overt stupidity, they demonstrate how clueless they are when it comes to democratic process. Vilifying Prentis for calling for party unity and the support of the democratically elected deputy leader Tom Watson.

These politically challenged fools have no concept of unity or the need to keep differences out of the public domain or to create nonsensical feuds that benefit no one. We will be heading for a general election in the very near future and Labour’s energy should be spent on getting a Labour government elected.

Most of these entryist fools are also members of the SWP and socialist parties, bringing their anarchistic immature behaviour into grown up politics.

Fortunately Labour’s NEC stopped dead the attempt to delete the deputies posts as those responsible had not even observed the most basic of rules. I am informed that NEC Chair Wendy Nicols of UNISON reminded them of this fact and ruled it out. Interesting to note that saint Corbyn is now claiming it was his decision. Saint Corbyn can now be seen saying that he supports both Watson and the position of deputy. If this is the case, perhaps he could remove the wall of staffers and actually have a conversation with him.

Dave Prentis’s call for unity is quite correct and we would all do well to pay attention. The less said about Len McCluskey the better.

The hard left faction will take any opportunity to speak against UNISON and its leadership without a thought for the consequences. I suppose when you are languishing in your own self aggrandisement,

I suppose you won’t be considering the consequences or have any interest in cleaning up the mess.

Thanks for reading.

GI Jayne

Let’s go round again and again and again…

The hard left faction back to trashing UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis for daring to to support All Women Selection process in the Labour Party. He says “There must not be a return to the bad old days of backroom stitch-ups and women being pushed further away from being represented in parliament”.

So having made this plea to the Labour Party, Prentis is labelled anti Corbyn for daring to point out out a poor approach from the leadership. Hated by the hard left faction, Prentis has long been marked for death and any excuse to bash him is relished by these political naïves’ who fail consistently to look beyond there own tent.

The level of stupidity of the hard left faction is trumpian in its ineptitude. I am often left wondering if there is some kind of brain washing initiation that implants this stupidity, or whether intellectually challenged individuals are deliberate targeted for their lack of intelligent independent thought. Make your own mind up reader.

Where the rest of the world has moved on since 2015, they seem to be stuck in an endless loop of bigotry, hatred and self loathing. Like the dog that has gnawed away at a bone for millennia, all they are abled to accomplish is the endless demented gumming of this now long redundant issue.

Like the village idiots rioting en mass, they will not be satisfied until they have dragged the carcass of UNISON through the mud, beaten it profusely and danced naked around the remains claiming a victory. Puerile, adolescent and utterly pointless.

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

 

Analysing the unison action broad left manifesto

Before anyone says that the document is not produced by the hard left faction ‘unison action broad left left’, let’s just be clear, they have produced it.

This is a short analysis of the document that is accompanying the hard left faction’s slate. If you disagree with this analysis, I welcome your comments. I would also welcome any comments from the candidates themselves. I very much doubt they will. As they have been whipped not to respond to this blog for fear of being exposed.

The National Executive Council Elections are very important for the leadership of our union. Every 2 years, we the members elect the leaders of our union. The NEC works in a democratic way on the principles of collective responsibility and accountability. They are a diverse group who represent the entirety of our union and make major decisions through discussion, debate, consensus and democratic process. The NEC employ staff to assist in delivering its work program and maintain its structures, including operating within the rules and values of the union. The governance of the union is overseen by the NEC who are lay members just like you.

FOR A LEADERSHIP THAT LEADS

We need a serious national leadership for joined-up strike action against the government & employers.

The hard-left fact believe that the response to any issue must be strike action. Driven on by their SWP/Socialist party sponsors, their intent is to use industrial action, not to better the working conditions and pay of our members, but to politicise disputes with the aim of overthrowing the government. In these circumstances the views and needs of members will become a means to achieving this primary aim. They do not care about what happens to members or the issues that arise out of conflict. They are very often no where to be seen after a dispute or be involved in the work required in rebuilding good industrial relations.

What this statement actually means is that they want to remove the legal safeguards and protections afforded to members, so they can initiate strike action whenever and for whatever they want. The hard-left faction care nothing for the consequences, legal or otherwise. They choose to shout it down claiming that the union is undemocratic and blairite. Nothing could be further from the truth, the final say on strike action is always that of the members.

ACROSS THE SECTORS

We must support members in every sector – including the private and community sectors, fighting to win collective bargaining rights.

This is an attempt to gain votes from the private and community sectors. The suggestion that UNISON does not support them is ridiculous. Hard working activists in both of these sectors are fighting to gain agreements with employers supported by the union. Of course the hard-left faction’s approach is to use strike action to try and force employers to their will.

FOR UNITY

UNISON must take a high profile lead, alongside other trade unions in fighting racism, as well as working with organisations opposing racism and fascism. For an anti austerity message of jobs, homes and services – not racism.

This one somewhat misses the mark as well as being offensive in the suggestion that UNISON does not fight racism or have a high profile in the fight. Of all the trade unions, UNISON’s record on fighting racism and fascism is solid. UNISON does have many affiliations with anti racism groups such as Hope not Hate, an arrangement that goes back to their inception. Let’s not forget that the hard-left faction wants to put in a motion to prevent Hope not Hate from attending our conferences.

I am not quite sure because of the way it is written, that they aren’t saying that UNISON is not putting out messages of anti austerity, jobs homes and services and putting out racist messages. If this is the case, they should be ashamed of themselves. Let’s remember, they were content to share racist materials on their facebook page. They refused to remove this material, which is there to this day. They attacked Dave Prentis for showing leadership and taking action against anti-semitism. Check their social media output and you will find nothing that attacks anti-semitism.

They were repeatedly asked to give their position on anti-semitism, they never responded!

FOR A SOCIALIST, ANTI-AUSTERITY LABOUR PARTY

No more members’ money should go to support MPs/Councillors attacking Jeremy Corbyn. We must support any Councillors making a stand against cuts and call on Labour Councils to stand up against the cuts now.

The right to criticise the Labour leader or indeed any labour politician is the right of all Labour Party members where there is justification. To cut off support for people that share our values and provide a voice for us in parliament and local councils is naïve. It’s a bit “pot calling kettle” this one, given the amount of abuse they have given Dave Prentis and other officials of our union.

Labour Link have the responsibility to make decisions about financial support, which is actually limited in its operation. The fact the SWP/Socialist party members believe that they can dictate UNISON policy outside of rules beggars belief. The issues that surround Labour councils and austerity are very complicated and that is as much as I will say in this critique.

As far as I am aware, the Labour Party are a socialist anti austerity party, or am I mistaken? What they really mean is a SWP/Socialist party influenced Labour Party.

FOR A GENERAL ELECTION NOW!

We should be using our influence in the TUC for a national demonstration to kick this government out.

Anyone who believes that work is not being undertaken by UNISON through the TUC and Labour link does not know our union. UNISON and the TUC could call for a national demonstration, but in reality what would it achieve at this time? Time effort and resources would be better utilised in creating a credible alternative that is electable and supports UNISON’s aims and objectives.

Is having a demonstration really what is is important to UNISON members who are struggling with the cost of living, the threats to jobs and services and the uncertainty of Brexit?

FOR DEMOCRACY

Members and activists must have full transparent, democratic control over the union.

These elections are a transparent democratic process and members will make the decision on who represents them on the National Executive Council. The NEC has governance on all things which are moderated through the rules of the union and the agreed protocols and processes. What the hard-left faction mean by this is not actually about democracy or indeed transparency. What they want is to be able to ignore the rules, processes and procedures that do not fit their objectives. They want to overturn democratic decisions and scrap collective responsibility. Those that are currently on the NEC don’t even sit with the NEC. They prefer to be in a different room and not to engage fully with the democratic process. See my previous post  Upstairs Downstairs 

FOR FAIRER BRANCH FUNDING

Put the money where the work is!

The issue of funding is always going to be an issue as the resources of the union are not infinite. What they mean by putting the money where the work is; is linked to their attitude towards strike and funding of the SWP/Socialist party. There have been too many examples of monies being spirited away from branches preventing much needed work and functionality. There are strict rules surrounding the use of members money for good reason. Doubtless there will be much debate at National Delegate conference on this subject.

DEFEND THE RIGHT TO DISSENT!

Branches and members must have the right to campaign against national policy – including opposing pay deals – free from interference of unelected union officers.

This really does demonstrate their anti-democratic, anti-rules, separatist stance. One of their number was suspended from office and they perpetuated the myth that it was for speaking out against the Health pay deal. This turned out not to be true; the individual concerned was put under investigation because of their behaviour towards a member of staff. Sadly I don’t know the precise details, but is was sufficient to warrant an investigation. The matter has since been dealt with through the appropriate process. The decision to suspend the individual and the subsequent investigation was made by Lay officials of the NEC who have responsibility for these matters.

The NEC employs staff to undertake certain duties and on its behalf and work within the rules and direction of the NEC. All decisions are made by elected Lay officials. In the example given, the individual concerned appeared before a panel of elected Lay officials who made the decision based on the evidence presented under the a process of natural justice. Having heard the case, the decision was made to lift the suspension and as far as I am aware, no obvious sanction was imposed. Of course none of this was mentioned by the hard-left faction or on the individuals campaign facebook page. The hard-left faction continue to perpetuate the myth that their comrade was a victim of of over zealous paid officials.

Taking all of the above into account, what exactly is the relevance to ordinary subs paying members? Well not a lot really. As a member I want the people we elect to operate within the rules, support our union and most importantly support them when they need it. Unison action broad left work on an SWP/Socialist party agenda; they take a parochial view of the world based on their own agenda.

Reader, I ask you to seriously consider what a vote for anyone on their slate will mean for our union. We need strong voices to represent us and we need people who are interested in the issues that matter to us and that put our union first. It is perfectly ok for people to have different political view points but bring our union’s aims and values into those politics, not those political aims into our union.

The elections start on the 15th April 2019 and run until the 17th May, please choose wisely and continue to keep our union something to be proud of.

Thanks for reading.

G I 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

Upstairs Downstairs

Well this certainly was a revelation; I had no idea that the majority of those NEC members who align themselves with the hard left faction, don’t even meet in the same room as the NEC. They choose to inhabit a room on one of the lower floors. Even though provision is made for them to join the NEC; they just choose not to. They claim to be showing solidarity with another member who has medical issues. It seems very odd that 15-20 of your NEC members don’t even engage at probably one of UNISON’s most important meetings. They are mic’d up to the chamber so they can take part and I am told that the start of the meeting usually involves a cacophony of noise and claims that the tech isn’t working, for the purpose of causing disruption.

It seems absurd that people who have been elected to represent members behave in this way; self segregating so they don’t have to take part fully with the NEC. UNISON members would do well to remember this in the forthcoming NEC elections. One would expect that a commitment to fully engage with the NEC would be mandatory if not an obligation.

There was a presentation on recruitment for the forthcoming Grovember initiative. The faction asked about servicing members who work for private contractors, suggesting that unison probably shouldn’t recruit them unless they are serviced by the centre. The response from Dave Pentis was that it would have been sorted if the review motion had been passed at National Delegate Conference. Hmmmm, wonder who was responsible for bringing that down?

A discussion followed on direct debit subscriptions, with a faction member claiming that a number of members don’t have bank accounts. This may be true, but you have to wonder how they get paid. It was clear that they were angling for direct cash collection, for reasons we can only speculate on.

Of course the NHS pay deal came up. As you will recall reader, I have reported on this previously and outlined the hard left faction’s plan to undermine it by making claims that UNISON mislead members on the deal. This is categorically untrue! This of course cannot be said of the RCN who recently issued an apology to their members for misleading them. The faction have tried to lump UNISON with the RCN on this matter, but the evidence and ballot result tell a very different story.

Using RCN issue to whip up trouble when our members made a democratic decision on the offer is unacceptable.

It was reported that the NHS pay deal had brought thousands of staff within the living wage threshold, which is a good news story. Not seen the hard left faction celebrating this achievement and I doubt we ever will.

Another previous reported issue was discussed, that of the Dave Prentis article in the New Statesman regarding UNISON’s Labour Link decision to support the IHRA definition on anti semitism. As you will all know, the definition has now been re-adopted by the Labour Party after much furore. The President made it clear that the business of Labour Link was not for discussion at the NEC as not all NEC members are levy payers or members of the Labour Party. The point was made that if people wanted to be part of the debate they should join the party.

Dave Prentis explained that he had written the article in the New Statesman in a personal capacity. He had been referred to as the General Secretary of UNISON because that’s who he is. A faction member said that they had not received a response to the letter they had written to Prentis on the article. It transpires that Prentis had responded on the 23rd August. Strangely enough, an apology from the faction member was not forthcoming. I not that the individual has put the response on the hard left factions facebook page. Of course they had neglected to to supply the full facts or offer an apology.

Dave Prentis pointed out that he had said nothing different than others had said. UNISON has adopted a policy on anti semitism not the IHRA. The IHRA definition was Labour policy in 2016 and it does not impinge on the work of the union with regards to Palestine. UNISON continues to work with trade unions in Palestine. UNISON’s policy is and has always bee a two state solution. He said go back to conference if you want to change it. He is proud of the fact that UNISON came out against anti semitism, it is blight of the party. We need a labour government and that is what we should be focusing on. The NEC had agreed at a previous meeting that anti semitism is racism and therefore they would denounce it. This was a unanimous decision.

The faction want to discuss the general Secretary election of 2016, particularly on the Certification Officer report. The president gave his commitment that the report would come to NEC, but all processes have not been completed and the matter can”t discussed until process is done. This is a matter that has troubled no one outside of the unison action camp. It is quite clear that they want the opportunity to bully and make accusations against staff and lay leaders. This for all intents and purposes is a dead issue. The world has moved on considerably and it certainly is not an issue that is of any importance to UNISON members, not that it ever was.

If you are having trouble sleeping, I suggest you look it up, it’s freely available online. Quite interesting that those who are named from the faction in the document don’t exactly come out smelling of roses. These observations will no doubt be ignored.

I have never understood why they are so keen to beat up our union and make claims that it is corrupt in some way; that certainly is not the case. Spending valuable time on this kind of incessant navel gazing is pointless and prevents the union from getting on with work that actually makes a difference. I suppose if you are self obsessed, you may not want to move the spotlight.

My contact told me that a lot of these arguments are brought up over and over again, and valuable time is wasted by this perpetual hate of our union. The hard left faction claim that UNISON is not a fighting union; apparently a number of branches taking industrial action were discussed at the meeting. Interesting to note that most of them were branches that don’t associate with the faction.

Sounds like NEC meeting are somewhat convoluted due to the constant time wasting of the hard left faction. Is this really what we want from our leadership? Remember! Unison action broad left is brought to you by the same people who created militant (now the Socialist party). We all know how that ended.

Thanks for reading.

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