Unite, the largest union in the UK, has just published a glowing commendation of the SNP on its website:
‘Unite, the UK’s construction union, is strongly backing a consultation by the Scottish government which would make the term electrician a protected title. Unite believes that such a measure would dramatically reduce unqualified workers installing electrical equipment which would boost public confidence and safety. Unite national officer for construction Bernard McAulay said: “This is an excellent and much needed initiative. If we can ensure that these measures are passed in Scotland, Unite is committed to campaigning for the whole of the UK to introduce protected status for all electricians to be graded as approved electricians through the industries recognised S/JIB bodies.”’
An Scottish Labour spokesman has informed TuS that the branch leader has described this as a ‘reckless move, putting the UK at risk, by Unite’s Len McCluskey and Jeremy Corbyn in an attempt to punish Unison, the GMB and Richard Leonard for a ‘misunderstanding.’
Dat fooking Dicky, ah’ll fooking ave im!
The ‘misunderstanding’ is explained in this from The Red Roar in May 2018:
‘Scottish Labour Leader, Richard Leonard was the subject of a well-briefed hatchet job in The Canary following Wendy Nichols’ election as vice-chair of Labour’s National Executive Committee. The alt-left site described “Leonard’s choice to align himself with the Labour right” as “political suicide.”
UNISON and the GMB have been more willing to break ranks with Unite in selection campaigns after McCluskey was re-elected by an extremely slender margin over challenger Gerard Coyne last year, damaging his authority. Coyne’s ongoing legal challenge has brought up allegations of cheating against McCluskey, such as preventing his opponents in last year’s contest from contacting Unite members, making it more difficult for all sides to trust his commitment to rules and fair play.’
This schism within Unite and UK Labour helps us to understand the recent campaigns by Scottish Labour and the GMB to exploit care workers and teachers in pointless strike action against the Scottish Government.
Finally, a Unite spokesman, from Liverpool, has told TuS:
‘We don’t give a fook about Scottish independence one way or another and we’re not dat bothered abaht Brexit neither. Our priority is to get any cohnts that cross us. So, if being nice to de SNP hurts dat posh cohnt Lenoard or dose disloyal cohnts in Unison and de GMB, den we’ll be nice to the SNP.’