Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Could there be a Unison/Labour falling-out?

A little bird tells me that Unison, the Trade Union conglomerate which organises council workers among others, and which is a major contributor to Labour, is funding the stock-transfer "No" campaign in Neath Port Talbot. Unison's national policy is to reject Large-Scale Voluntary Transfer (LSVT), but some local official representatives have taken a more objective approach. I am told that this led to clashes in Wrexham, where the local branch supported the council, while the national organisation campaigned for the (successful) "No" vote.

I'm not sure where the Neath branch of Unison stands, but I do know that some staff members have objected to being unpaid propagandists for a "Yes" vote. If they have come out against Labour-controlled Neath Port Talbot CBS, at least they will demonstrate consistency, regardless of party allegiances - Unison in Swansea helped defeat the Liberal Democrat-led City Council when it mounted a LSVT vote.

As to Welsh Unison/Labour links, the Web one appears to be broken. ;-)

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