The Certification Officer has dismissed complaints that Mr Henderson was unreasonably excluded for standing as a candidate and his claim was completely disingenuous says GMB.
GMB has been completely cleared of claims they barred a former union official from standing in its election for General Secretary.
Former regional officer Keith Henderson, who was dismissed from GMB in 2012, claimed measures were put in place to stop him obtaining the nominations he needed to become a candidate.
But in a damning judgment, the Certification Officer, David Cockburn, completely exonerated the union of any electoral misconduct and said the approach of Mr Henderson to seeking nominations was “disingenuous” and the action “misconceived”.
Mr Henderson had previously claimed that the union had dismissed him unfairly on the grounds of his political beliefs and that he had been subject to harassment. Both claims against the union were dismissed by tribunals.
Despite his dismissal, he then tried to stand for General Secretary in last year’s election and, when he failed to gain enough nominations, brought the action against the union.
Mr Cockburn said, “I find that the case put forward by Mr Henderson in support of this complaint is not only misconceived as a matter of law but is also without merit in the broader way that it has been put.”
Maria Ludkin, GMB Legal Director, said “The Certification officer has rightly dismissed complaints that Mr Henderson was unreasonably excluded for standing as a candidate and shares our view that Mr Henderson’s claim was completely disingenuous. Our new General Secretary – Tim Roache – has a compelling vision for the future of GMB, and we are getting on with the business of GMB; representing our members."
Contact: Maria Ludkin 07956 632657; GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691