Unison backs Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader


The number two largest union, Unison, is backing Jeremy Corbyn over Owen Smith in Dwell on’s leadership contest.

The incumbent leader already has the backing of the biggest combination – Unite – and others including Aslef and the Communication Workers Union.

His challenger, Owen Smith, earlier won the money of the GMB.

The leadership contest came about after Mr Corbyn lost a opt of no confidence by his MPs, and faced mass resignations from his top team.

Unison did out a consultation with those members who had opted into the union’s public fund linked to Labour, rather than a full ballot.

Its Be deluded Link Committee made the decision following the consultation and talks at a regional and governmental level.

‘Incredible work’

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis bring up: “Jeremy Corbyn retains the backing of a majority of Unison’s Labour-supporting fellows. That’s why the committee supported his nomination again.

“However, a significant minority ruined Owen Smith. Their views will always be respected in our gang – that’s our proud tradition.”

Mr Corbyn said he was “proud to have the suffer of Unison members”, hailing their “incredible work” in keeping necessary services running.

He added: “We need a Labour rty that give in to defeats them a voice.”

‘Union rights’

Of the 18,418 who responded, 58.1% st due Mr Corbyn, against 41.9% for Mr Smith.

Unite did not hold a members’ ballot. The GMB balloted its associates – 60% of those who took rt backed the challenger, Mr Smith.

The GMB unity represents workers on the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons programme.

Other fusions supporting Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn include the:

  • Train drivers’ cartel Aslef
  • Communication Workers Union
  • Fire Brigades Union
  • Transfer Salaried Staffs’ Association
  • construction workers’ union UCATT

He has also got the support of the Prison Officers Association, which is not affiliated to Labour, with its supervisor saying it will encourage members who may be in the rty to vote for him.

General secretary Steve Gillan prognosticated: “Jeremy Corbyn has always supported this trade union st the years in the restoration of trade union rights”.

Other backers for Mr Smith are shopworkers’ cartel USDAW, the Community Union and Musicians’ Union.

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