Unite suspends Coyne

April 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm (elections, posted by JD, reblogged, unions, Unite the union)

The Skwawkbox reports (20/04/2017):

The Guardian, Daily Mirror and others have announced this afternoon that Gerard Coyne, Len McCluskey’s main challenger for Unite General Secretary, has been suspended by the union from his position as a regional organiser.


Suspended Unite challenger Gerard Coyne

Unite‘s press office was unable to offer a comment at this time, but the SKWAWKBOX understands from union sources that the suspension may be connected with the alleged data breaches broken by this blog and the excellent Evolve Politics and will last while a formal investigation is carried out.

The SKWAWKBOX is awaiting confirmation from the union of the impact the suspension will have on his candidacy. Although Coyne is considered to have little chance of victory, voting in the contest has now closed so it may be that the contest will be allowed to run to its natural conclusion to prevent right-wingers claiming he was suspended because he stood a chance of winning – like this premature conclusion by Progress‘ Richard Angell:

angell coyne.jpg

However, it’s unlikely that Coyne would be able to take up the role in the event that he wins, until the investigation is completed. Should he be dismissed from his organiser role as a result of the investigation, of course, it is unlikely that he would be qualified to act as General Secretary even if he were to win the ballot.

If the suspension is indeed connected to the Labour data use, then yet again, the SKWAWKBOX has broken information with a high-level national impact. No wonder the right has been trying to undermine us.

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  1. Glasgow Working Class said,

    Witchhunt in progress perhaps. The press will love this. Corbyn supporters attack moderate!

    • Mick said,

      Still, I somehow doubt the Tory team will see many pickings in this non-fuss to exploit.

  2. Howard Fuller said,

    An absolute disgrace. McCluskey must go.

    • Mick said,

      Oh wow. An absolute explosion of apathy will no doubt erupt from these, er…, revelations. Nothing would stop it.

      This might even damage Labour’s General Election chances. I wouldn’t want to be in Corbyn’s sandals right now.

      • Glasgow Working Class said,

        Witchhunt in progress Mick, do not doubt it. My mrs is considering withdrawing from Unite after 27 years membership. This will result in Labour not getting her levvy. The Momentum is on course to destroying the Labour Party.

  3. Jim Denham said,

    A narrow victory for McCluskey on a 12% turnout:


  4. rotzeichen said,

    The banal commentary from posters on this site would leave the people in the know as to how little real knowledge these contributors have.

    So to put you in the picture, Coyne is being investigated for a breach of the Data Protection Law, and others that made that possible are also likely to come under the spotlight.

    I know this doesn’t concern people like yourselves, because we are still waiting to hear from the election fraud cases, not a peep of concern about that from you is there???

    • Jim Denham said,

      Other reports say it’s for “defamatory statements” and/or talking to the Murdoch press and/or using non-union printers for his election material. I’m no friend of Coyne, but I have to admit it looks bad.

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