Len McCluskey re-elected as Unite general secretary

Len McCluskey re-elected as Unite general secretary

14 April 2013
Members of Britain’s largest union, Unite, have re-elected Len McCluskey as the union’s general secretary for a further five years, it was announced today (Sunday 14 April).

Over 64 per cent of members taking part in the election backed Len McCluskey who was first elected general secretary of Unite in 2010 over his rival Jerry Hicks.

Commenting, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “I’m deeply honoured that members have once again put their faith in me to lead their union.

“We are living in extraordinary times with workers facing unprecedented attacks on their living standards and their rights at work. Thanks to this government of millionaires, work is becoming less secure and austerity threatens the social fabric of our great nation.

“Now more than ever working people need a union which will stand up for them. Unite is that union, a modern progressive union fighting for ordinary people and strengthening their voice at work, in parliament and in our communities.

“From construction and the London buses, to the food industry and car manufacturing, Unite members have shown what can be achieved when working people stand together with the backing of a modern union. 
“And in the NHS our membership is growing as workers seek a strong voice to defend what we as a people have built, paid for and value.

“Unified and freed from the distraction of an internal election in 2015, I pledge to focus my energies on the fighting for members and defeating this Tory-led government.”

The full election results are as follows:

  • Jerry Hicks 79,819 votes
  • Len McCluskey 144,570 votes
  • Number of ballot papers found to be invalid 1,412
  • Total number of valid votes cast 224,389
  • Turnout 15.2 per cent


For more information please contact Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665 869.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.