MEMBERS OF the shop workers' Usdaw union showed anger towards the union's Blairite leadership at its annual conference in Blackpool last week. The leadership faced criticism after trying to put through a motion which would effectively give them control of the union without recourse to the membership. The motion was convincingly defeated.
The executive also faced criticism about their policy of partnership with large supermarket chains. This gives power to the executive council and the company to decide who represents shopfloor members.