Seán McGovern: fighter, campaigner, comrade … and memorable character

It was with great shock and sadness that we heard about the death of Sean McGovern, a staunch comrade and an amazing character who we got to know because of his involvement in Unite and the United Left. A number of tributes have been paid to Sean, including a moving one from his former partner … Continue reading Seán McGovern: fighter, campaigner, comrade … and memorable character

Unite: the race to replace McCluskey begins in earnest

Is it true that Len McCluskey will be stepping down as Unite General Secretary in September? Has millionaire solicitor Howard Beckett been selected by the Unite inner sanctum to be the McCluskey-succession candidate? Have leading members of the United Left in Unite been carved out of discussions by the Unite inner sanctum about who should … Continue reading Unite: the race to replace McCluskey begins in earnest

Graham Stevenson and Tom Cashman: two class warriors (and friends)

  Graham Stevenson Some people have expressed surprise at this blog's warm appreciation of the late Graham Stevenson, a Communist Party member and former T&GWU/Unite full-timer. But, as we said, Graham was a decent, non-sectarian, totally committed and thoroughly honest comrade and - in particular - he worked closely with the Workers Liberty supporter and … Continue reading Graham Stevenson and Tom Cashman: two class warriors (and friends)

Graham Stevenson on migrants in the TGWU

All of us here at Shiraz have been shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Graham Stevenson (announced in today's Morning Star). Graham was a long-standing and tireless trade unionist and a leading member of the Communist Party of Britain. He took a keen interest in working class history and was convenor of … Continue reading Graham Stevenson on migrants in the TGWU

“Left” Brexiteers re-write history

Morning Star / CPB: campaigning for no-deal Monday’s Morning Star carried a stern warning: “Divergence from European Union rules, as announced by the Tory government yesterday, could be welcome but is unlikely to benefit working people unless a left-led government is elected, communists said yesterday. “Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths warned that … Continue reading “Left” Brexiteers re-write history

Unite wastes more of its members’ money defending the indefensible

Above: McCluskey and Beckett (blue shirt, right). Just before Christmas, former Labour MP Anna Turley won a libel case against Unite over a post on the notoriously unreliable Skwawkbox blog/website. Turley – who lost her seat in Redcar, North Yorkshire, in the general election – was awarded £75,000 in damages by the High Court after … Continue reading Unite wastes more of its members’ money defending the indefensible

McCluskey damages Labour and misrepresents Unite policy

Unite leader Len McCluskey is increasingly coming out as a pro-Brexit force within the Labour party. His stance is, in reality, a misrepresentation of the policy passed by the union he leads. His latest and most reactionary intervention on the subject - opposing free movement of workers - is (at best) a highly creative interpretation of an executive statement passed at Unite's … Continue reading McCluskey damages Labour and misrepresents Unite policy