Unite the Union

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Unite the Union, commonly known as Unite, is a British and Irish trade union, formed on 1 May 2007, by the merger of Amicus and the Transport and General Workers' Union. With just over 1.2 million members, it is the second largest trade union in the UK.[1] The General Secretary of Unite is Sharon Graham.[2]

Unite Community

On 2 July 2008, Unite signed an agreement to merge with the United Steelworkers to form a new global union entity called Workers Uniting which represents over 3 million members in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and North America. Unite retains its separate identity in the United Kingdom.

Libel damages

On 19 December 2019, former Labour Co-op MP Anna Turley won £75,000 libel damages against Unite and the SKWAWKBOX blog.[3]

On 20 December 2019, Unite tweeted:

"For the record, Anna Turley sued Unite, for an article not published by Unite. Unite did not take legal action against Anna Turley. From the outset and contrary to her statement Anna Turley always sought damages from the union.[4]
"Suggestion that the legal costs for this case amount to in excess of £1 million is utter nonsense."[5]

Executive Council AGM

In June 2023, the United Left ‘Members First’ group swept the board of the senior positions today at annual general meeting of the Unite Executive Council (EC) – unopposed. Tilbury docker Andy Graham is the EC’s new chair, while the vice-Chair positions went to Pat Davies, an Equality Rep at Arriva South London bus company, and Michelle Smith from the CMA North East Yorkshire and Humberside.

The numbers clearly did not stack up for the slate supporting controversial General Secretary Sharon Graham, as her slate candidates ultimately did not stand – leading to bizarre votes of 30 for the left slate candidates and 27 abstentions, results that gave a true reflection of the strong performance of the Members First slate, despite spin from Graham’s supporters after the EC elections that they had in fact won a majority.[6]


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Labour councillor demands refund from party after leaked report exposed sabotage of CorbynArticle16 April 2020Lamiat SabinSarah-Jane McDonough's demand for a refund came after Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey claimed that attempts by the "Senior Management Team" to sabotage Labour’s chances in the UK/2017 General Election could have broken electoral law.
Document:Progress MP joins Unite's unwaged section for GenSec voteblog post7 April 2017Joining Unite in order to participate in the General Secretary ballot is legitimate and some are known to have done so to support Len McCluskey. However, making a false declaration in order to do so ‘on the cheap’ is certainly not legitimate and such applications need to be rooted out and their votes invalidated.
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