Responding to the calls made by Jess Philips MP for candidates for the position of Unite general secretary to back a women’s charter, Unite’s acting general secretary Gail Cartmail said:
“This is another gesture of interference in our union’s democracy. Any genuine concerns Jess Philips had about the union’s women’s structures, she could have addressed constructively by picking up the phone to the Unite leadership. Instead she chose to pull a stunt in an effort to further undermine our union’s democracy.
“Our women members will not be impressed. They have worked very hard to establish structures of solidarity, in which they have huge confidence. If Jess is serious about advancing the place of women in our union, she would do better to hold out the hand of friendship, and work with and not against her union.
“Jess Philips may also be called to answer to our car industry members for a stunt that distracted from their conference held in defence of jobs and investment."
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.