Scotland’s biggest trade union has re-affirmed its endorsement of Jeremy Corbyn’s continued leadership of the Labour Party.
Unite the union Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “From the outset, Unite has appealed for unity in the Labour Party and opposed the divisions that have been created by the challenge to Jeremy’s leadership – despite his overwhelming mandate less than a year ago from Party members and supporters.
“However, when it became clear that a potentially damaging and unnecessary Labour leadership election was proceeding, Unite’s policy conference, our supreme policy making body of rank-and-file representatives, decided by an overwhelming majority to support Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party. On the day that ballot papers are beginning to be issued, we would ask all Unite members in Scotland with a vote to support his campaign.
“Working people in Scotland are struggling. The UK is on course to becoming the most unequal country in the developed world – and in Scotland the wealthiest households are 273 times richer than the poorest households.
“Unite members are at the sharp end of that fundamental unfairness, with too many in insecure work, on low pay, and facing austerity cuts that punish the poorest for the failings of a casino economy run in the interests of a rich elite.
“Jeremy Corbyn became leader thanks to a movement of tens of thousands of ordinary people who want fairness, democracy and equality at the heart of our politics, and who have made the Labour Party the largest political party in western Europe.
“We are particularly encouraged by the fact that support for Jeremy in Scotland is growing. He was in second place last year in terms of CLP nominations in Scotland but he is now firmly out in front, with the majority of CLPs who have made a nomination supporting Jeremy, including nominations from many CLPs who backed other candidates in the previous election.
“We are also encouraged by his support for the radical policies in the Scottish Labour Party manifesto and his continued emphasis on the need for strong workers’ rights, including his latest call for strong collective bargaining.
“Workers urgently need a Labour Party that unites around a principled leader with those kinds of values, and that fights to put them into practice.”
For further information contact Unite Scotland Media & Communications Officer David Eyre on 07960 451631. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.
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