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Len McCluskey

General Secretary of Unite

General Secretary of Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy

We Cannot Trust The Rusty Lady - For Britain There Is Only One Choice

We now really do have a choice. It is between a man who wants our children to have the chances and opportunities they deserve, and a woman who won't rule out tax rises for struggling workers, whose policies divide and do not mend, and who refused six times to give an honest answer about the scale of her police cuts. This Thursday, please take a moment. Ask yourselves that question: who really can be trusted to do right by the people of this country? There really only can only be one answer. Labour - for the many, not the few.
06/06/2017 15:41 BST

Automation And A Bad Brexit - Workers Are In The Eye Of An Economic Storm

If Brexit is the most pressing challenge working people face, it's not the only one. Automation is also casting a long shadow. The replacement of workers by robots is an issue facing all parts of manufacturing and many service sectors but it's presently focussed on the motor industry above all.
27/03/2017 09:09 BST

When Unity Is Required, Tom Watson Manufactures Division - It's Small Surprise He Has Worked To Split The Party Again This Week

For the last three months I have been touring the country meeting working men and women as I campaign to be re-elected as Unite's General Secretary... But there is another world in our movement, alas. A world of skullduggery, smears and secret plots. That is where you will find Tom Watson. When Labour has needed loyalty he has been sharpening his knife looking for a back to stab. When unity is required, he manufactures division. It is small surprise that he has then worked to split the Party again this week. He has form as long as his arm. And now his sights are set on abusing the internal democracy of Unite.
21/03/2017 11:37 GMT

I Am Standing On My Record

Trade unionism matters more than ever. With the economy still in a slump, the Tories in power and the shadow of Brexit hanging over millions of jobs, unions are the only line of defence for working families. So the future direction of Unite, the biggest trade union in Britain and Ireland, is vital. It is far too important to be reduced to an extension of the rows in the Labour Party. I am standing for re-election as Unite's General Secretary for two reasons: My record - and my vision.
16/12/2016 07:01 GMT

After Years Of Confusion, Labour Is Distinctive From The Tories - Now We Must Unite Behind Our Leader

Labour is now, after years of personality confusion, distinctive to the Tories. Fairness versus division. Investment versus cuts. On your side versus on your own. Now we need to stay united in what we stand for and behind our leader. Those who fail to read this new mood correctly must surely consider their consciences. Our duty as a party is to turn and fight with our every fibre for the best deal for the people we represent, not to wheedle and plot, to dissemble and deceive, to disunite our party and distract us from our purpose. That purpose is, unequivocally, to win power. And the purpose of that power is to make ours a better Britain.
29/09/2016 16:33 BST

Tom Watson's Ill-founded Attempt to Divide Our Union Will Fall Flat on Its Face

Doubling down on divisiveness, Tom Watson has chosen to attack Unite and myself personally for our position on the unnecessary Labour leadership election which his manoeuvres, amongst others, have forced on the Party at a time of national crisis... Indeed, Tom was more than keen on Unite members' money in the days before he fell for the charms of Max Mosley's support. His complaints now are hypocritical, as well as ill-founded, and his attempt to divide our union will fall flat on its face.
20/07/2016 15:43 BST

This Cowardly Attack on Jeremy Corbyn Betrays the Labour Party and Lets the Conservatives Off Scot-Free in Their Moment of Turmoil

Unite made its views clear from the start. We stood by Jeremy Corbyn and his anti-austerity message which is in line with our own union's position. How could we not? Not only was he the democratically-elected leader of the party with an unprecedented mandate, here was a man who had always - ALWAYS - stood by us, stood on the picket lines, joined our campaigns, argued our case in parliament, advocated for workers' rights. He stood by us. What sort of people would we be, had we joined in the witch-hunt. Never mind that I could not have come to this conference, I could not have looked myself in the mirror, had this union done anything other than stand by Jeremy.
11/07/2016 11:22 BST

We Cannot Fight for a Better European Union If We Are Out of It

When I vote for Britain to remain in the EU in June, and when I argue for the members of my union and others to do likewise in the months ahead, I will not be voting for the status quo - let me be clear about that... We cannot fight for a better European Union if we are out of it. So I will be voting for the future on 23 June.
09/03/2016 19:54 GMT

Jeremy Corbyn: Blast From the Past or Leader of Tomorrow?

If the Labour MPs want something constructive to do, then start working out policies and ideas that might help attract voters back to Labour... I'm not saying that any Labour MP should have to abandon his or her own views, or cease to articulate them within the Party's democratic structures. But I am saying that this continual war of attrition is achieving nothing beyond taking the pressure off the government. So my clear message to the plotters is - stop the sniping, stop the scheming, get behind Jeremy Corbyn and start taking the fight to the Tories.
09/02/2016 20:55 GMT

Labour Cannot Risk Being Tarred as a Party of Illegal and Irrational War Once Again

The 2003 vote to invade Iraq has haunted Labour ever since - losing millions of votes that have yet to be regained and causing around half the party's membership to resign. Nothing in Labour's history has traumatised it quite so much perhaps. Now again Labour is being asked to support a war that lacks clear United Nations sanction - or a coherent purpose.
29/11/2015 14:29 GMT

No, Prime Minister

On Wednesday, David Cameron told the House of Commons that he and I agreed. No, prime minister, we most certainly do not. For the avoidance of doubt, let me spell it out. The thresholds for industrial action being brought forward by the Conservatives in their trade union bill are not acceptable. They erect a double hurdle for millions of workers, in the main low paid and female, to clear before they can take lawful action to defend themselves and they will trip unions into law-breaking as they endeavour to uphold the fundamental freedom of all workers, the right to withdraw their labour.
16/10/2015 17:47 BST

We Were Promised a Government for the Blue Collar - What We Got Is One for the Blue Bloods

We were promised a government for the blue collar. What we got is one for the blue bloods. In his first 100 days, Cameron has been blistering alright, tearing his way through the provisions and protections that provide some modicum of fairness in a country increasingly scarred by inequality. Power and resources in this country are being shaken up in profoundly anti-democratic ways.
07/08/2015 14:10 BST

Even in Tory Heartlands Voters Have Spoken: Cameron Must Veto the NHS From TTIP

From Stockton South, to Rochester and Strood, voters across the political spectrum are united in the belief that it's wrong for the NHS to be part of an American trade deal. It's time for the Prime Minister to listen. Britain won't be fooled by vague assurances over the NHS. The only way to ensure our NHS is protected from this trade deal is to remove it from these talks entirely. It's time for the Prime Minister to show some backbone. Cameron must use his veto and exempt the NHS from this deal.
22/12/2014 17:17 GMT

No Government Has a Mandate to Allow the Irreversible Sale of Our NHS

"The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it," so said Nye Bevan, who founded the National Health Service 66 years ago. Two years after the government launched the biggest attack on our health service in its history, we are seeing communities coming together in the fight of their lives to save our NHS. Now growing numbers of people are getting wise to this sinister trade deal which is threatening to make the Tory sell-off of the NHS irreversible.
09/09/2014 17:30 BST