Above: Kenny explains himself
Jon Lansman of Left Futures has provided some useful additional information (see last-but-one post):
This would not affect the GMB’s voting strength until 2015 since the relevant affiliation levels in any year are based on those applying on 31 December in the preceding year. The GMB would therefore have an undiminished vote at the spring special conference and at Labour’s annual conference in September 2014 at which the final year’s national policy forum documents are agreed, even if they maintain this position (which I suspect will be changed before 31 December 2014).
That is important information since, without it, it is easy to draw the wrong conclusions. This is clearly a signal prior to negotiations, indicating just how pissed off Paul Kenny is. It should not be taken as an indicator that he sees walking away from Labour as a good idea (though that was my worry when I first heard about it). It would be crazy for any union seeking to defend the link to reduce their voting strength or fail to be represented at the conference when the decision is made.
Unite’s Scottish region has decided that their representatives should boycott Labour’s conference in 3 weeks if Stevie Dean has not been reinstated by then. Whilst we should absolutely sympathise with Scottish comrades over the disgraceful treatment of Unite members in Falkirk, it would not be sensible for Unite not to be represented at all in Brighton.
H/t (for Youtube clip): Jack Haslam