The United Left (UL), the broad left group in Unite, held its quarterly supporters’ meeting in Manchester last Saturday.
Activists from the NHS and Ministry of Defence complained that, on the ground, the union was doing little to resist Tory attacks.
No campaigning material has been produced on pensions. It was felt that some leading national officials were blocking Unite’s support for coordinated industrial action.
The meeting agreed to present a statement to next week’s Unite executive council (EC) meeting calling for Unite to strike with other unions in November.
General secretary Len McCluskey and the EC have provided a strong lead. It is vital that all national officers work to translate the words into action.
UL supporters were angry at Ed Miliband’s call to reduce trade union influence in the Labour Party.
The chair of the union’s national political committee pledged to ensure that Unite’s delegation to the Labour Party conference would oppose any such proposals. Anger was expressed at any suggestion that deals might be done behind the backs of the membership.
The meeting backed candidates for two new EC seats: Séan McGovern from London for the Disabled Members seat, and Harry McAnulty from Belfast for the LGBT one. The all-member ballot is expected later this year.