Revelations that an official in the Trades Union Congress has been trying to stop the election of left wing candidates in union elections are fuelling anger among trade unionists. Socialist Worker reported two weeks ago on smears against Bob Crow, the left wing candidate for general secretary of the RMT rail union. A meeting of the union's west of England and South Wales region took place in Bristol, also two weeks ago.
Glen Burrows, the chair of the Bristol rail branch of the RMT, was at the 50-strong meeting. She told Socialist Worker, 'There was deep anger at the interference in our internal election. 'Bob Crow was at the meeting, as was Phil Bialyk, the candidate favoured by New Labour supporters. Bialyk took a lot of flak. We passed a motion unanimously calling for an inquiry into who in the union had solicited the help of the TUC official in the election. It said that whoever is responsible should be banned from holding union office for five years.'