Unite says: Vote Khan!

May 4, 2016 at 2:38 am (elections, labour party, London, posted by JD, reformism, Unite the union, workers)

From Unite London and Eastern Region:

Sadiq Khan for London

Unite for Khan

Download and read the Unite draft submission to Sadiq’s manifesto

Why London and Eastern Region of Unite came to support Sadiq

On Saturday 16 May 2015 Unite’s Regional Committee met to interview 5 candidates who had put themselves forward to be the Labour party’s candidate for the London Mayor election in May 2016.

The committee, which is made up of lay members from across all of Unite’s industrial sectors including; b us and taxi drivers, cleaners, charity workers, health and Local Government workers, printers, bank employees and members from manufacturing, spent over 4 hours listening to the views of all the candidates to four questions we posed on transport, housing, workers’ rights and equalities.

At the end of the meeting the committee held a vote and it was decided that London and Eastern Region would support Sadiq Khan as our first preference candidate (to be the Labour candidate) and Diane Abbott as our second.

All of the candidates performed well, but the meeting felt that Sadiq offered the best vision for London and Londoners, closely reflecting the values and policies of the regional committee.

Since the hustings Sadiq has come out with a number of policy initiatives that underline why we were right to give him our support including:

  • A one wage structure across the London’s bus network
  • A clear commitment to build more social homes for rent at affordable levels
  • The creation of an economic fairness unit at City Hall to deliver a £10 per hour London living wage
  • End the use of companies who have taken part in blacklisting union members

Sadiq Khan offers the best hope of Londoners including our members. If he is successful he will clearly make a difference – That’s why we are supporting Sadiq.

You can find more about Sadiq’s plan for London at www.sadiq.london

– See more at: http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/unite-forkhan/#sthash.JS27p6OE.dpuf

8 Comments

  1. Mike Killingworth said,

    None of which explains whether Khan should get anyone’s first or second vote.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Unite weren’t even ware of the voting system.

  2. Steven Johnston said,

    I get mixed up between his manifesto and the Goldsmith’s one, they are virtually the same.

    http://www.theweek.co.uk/london-mayor-election-2016/72134/london-mayor-election-2016-zac-goldsmiths-tory-manifesto

    Glad that at socialists we understand that capitalism will keep on doing, what is does, regardless of who wins!

    • Glasgow Working Class said,

      Steven, the Mayor post and London Assembly is like the EU, unnecessary. National Government and Local Government is all we need to provide services. And a few auditors to keep a check on them and a few auditors to keep a check on the auditors.

      • Mike Killingworth said,

        Are you applying for an auditor’s job, GWC?

      • Glasgow Working Class said,

        Mike, I would just love to be the man that handles the expenses claims!

  3. Steven Johnston said,

    Great news! The Labour vote has been poor, they’ve been pushed into 3rd place in Scotland! Though the results of the London Mayor election are not yet in. But wonderful for everyone that is anti-Corbyn. Even the hiss-poor Michael Foot managed to win a 1000 council seats before losing the ’83 election.

  4. Steven Johnston said,

    As a matter of interest can anyone square the usual tired old circle that the left keep repeating. That people voted SNP/Conservative/UKIP because the Labour party was not left-wing enough. So, because they were not left-wing enough, voters decided to punish them for voting for right-wing parties.

  5. Steven Johnston said,

    Good point from Diane Abbott, if Corbyn supporters say “Corbyn won it for Khan”. Then Tony won it for Ken.

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