Hicks’ claims against Unite rejected by Certification Office

October 28, 2014 at 8:30 am (ex-SWP, plonker, posted by JD, SWP, unions, Unite the union)

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 Above: Hicks

Press release from Unite:

No re-run of Unite election as regulator dismisses claims against Len McCluskey

The Certification Officer has dismissed attempts to force a re-run of the election which saw Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey elected to hold office until 2018.
 
Following hearings earlier this month, Certification Officer, the trade union regulator, rejected claims by Unite member Jerry Hicks, the other candidate in Mr McCluskey’s 2013 re-election contest,  relating to the eligibility of some members to vote in that election.
 
The challenge centred on claims of supposed ‘phantom votes’ cast, but this was overwhelmingly dismissed by the Certification Office who ruled against Mr Hicks on the substantial issues he had complained about.
 
Commenting, a Unite spokesman said:
 
“Unite was always confident that we had acted within the rules of our union and the law at all times.

“We are pleased that the certification officer has dismissed the key claims against Unite and we hope that media who gave such credence to claims of `phantom votes’ will now give this legal decision comparable attention.
 
“Unite’s members have had to endure repeated – and as we now are clear, baseless – smears against their union. With this decision our union’s integrity is upheld, and our focus on the vital task of standing up for working people can continue.”
 
The decision by the Certification Office concludes a year of legal proceedings on the matter.

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JD adds: shame on those irresponsible and/or opportunist leftists who’ve supported Hicks and the campaign he waged in the Murdoch press against Unite.

1 Comment

  1. Jim Denham said,

    Martin Mayer (Chair of United Left) comments:

    Jerry Hicks’ formal legal challenge to the Government’s Certification Officer has finally been thrown out after a year of investigation and several hearings this month. Many UNITE members were shocked and disgusted that Jerry Hicks took his own union to court on spurious charges (using the machinery brought in by Thatcher’s government to regulate trade unions) following the General Secretary election last year, in which Jerry Hicks lost to Len McCluskey.
    His complaint of so-called “phantom votes” was based on the inclusion in the ballot of a number of members in arrears with their contributions. However UNITE was following the practice as decided in previous CO hearings, namely that members in arrears cannot be denied a vote if they have not been contacted by their union and asked if they wish to remain a member and resume contributions.
    Jerry Hicks further inflamed opinions amongst UNITE’S membership by trailing his complaints in the columns of newspapers often hostile to trade unions, notably Murdoch’s Sunday Times.
    A spokesperson for UNITE reflected the frustrations shared across all levels of the union when he stated yesterday “UNITE’s members have had to endure repeated – and as we are now clear, baseless – smears against their union. With this decision our union’s integrity is upheld, and our focus on the vital task of standing up for working people can continue”
    Martin Mayer
    Chair United Left

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