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PM’s attacks on Unite are diversion ‘to protect the ri...

PM’s attacks on Unite are diversion ‘to protect the rich and powerful’

06 November 2013

David Cameron’s continuing attacks on Unite masks an agenda to protect the rich and the powerful at the expense of working people’s right to freedom of expression.

Unite, the country’s largest union, was responding to the prime minister’s latest outbursts against Unite and its general secretary Len McCluskey during today’s (Wednesday 6 November) prime minister’s question time.

A Unite spokesperson said: "Protest is about the freedom of expression.  That is what David Cameron is threatening. Ordinary working people do not have the benefit of national newspapers or the floor of the Commons when it comes to expressing their views. Now it seems the Tories want to gag them.

"All Unite organised protests have been lawful. None have breached the right of privacy. All have been conducted silently when at a place of residence.

“No-one, least of all children, has been intimidated. Their purpose has been to ensure that the community knows how workers are being treated and that companies act within moral parameters.

"This is not an attack on Unite.  It is an attack on freedom, from a government devoted to protecting the rich and powerful at the expense of everyone else."

ENDS

For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.