Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Len McCluskey re-elected as general secretary of Unite

Len McCluskey Speaks:

I’m deeply honoured that members have once again put their faith in me to lead their union.

We are living in extraordinary times with workers facing unprecedented attacks on their living standards and their rights at work. Thanks to this government of millionaires, work is becoming less secure and austerity threatens the social fabric of our great nation.

Now more than ever working people need a union which will stand up for them. Unite is that union, a modern progressive union fighting for ordinary people and strengthening your voice at work, in parliament and in our communities.

From construction and the London buses, to the food industry and car manufacturing, Unite members have shown what can be achieved when working people stand together with the backing of a modern union.

And in the NHS, our membership is growing as workers seek a strong voice to defend what we as a people have built, paid for and value.

Unified and freed from the distraction of an internal election in 2015, I pledge to focus my energies on the fighting for members and defeating this Tory-led government.
Yours in solidarity, 

Len McCluskey:  Unite general secretary

The full election results are as follows:

Len McCluskey 144,570 votes

Jerry Hicks 79,819 votes

Number of ballot papers found to be invalid 1,412

Total number of valid votes cast 224,389

Turnout 15.2 per cent

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