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Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Removal Or Sale Of Trade Union Collective Voice In Labour Is Not On The Agenda Paul Kenny Tells Conference

Real debate this week is about jobs, homes, living standards, employment rights not irrelevant navel gazing about internal party structures says Paul Kenny.

Paul Kenny GMB General Secretary and chair of Trades Unions and Labour Party Liaison Organization (TULO) spoke at Labour Party Conference in Brighton in the debate on the Collins Report on Sunday 22nd September. See notes to editors for copy of speech.

Paul Kenny, General Secretary, said in the speech “The trade union affiliates will only put in one speaker to this discussion.  

The reason being we think the real debate this week is about jobs, homes, living standards, employment rights not irrelevant navel gazing about internal party structures which frankly the British public do not give a fig about.

The desire to expand Party membership is a shared one but, let nobody be under any illusion that as collective organisations the removal or sale of our collective voice is not on the agenda.

We are proud of who we are and what we have achieved by way of social justice.”

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Notes to editors

Copy of speech delivered at Labour Party Conference Sunday 22nd September

Paul Kenny GMB

It is a pleasure of speaking today as Chair of TULO, representing the fourteen affiliated trade unions with a collective voice of millions of working people and their families.

The trade union affiliates will only put in one speaker to this discussion.  

The reason being we think the real debate this week is about jobs, homes, living standards, employment rights NOT irrelevant navel gazing about internal party structures which frankly the British public do not give a fig about.

TULO views this Report as a document which starts a process but does not end one and Policy making is vital to our discussions.

The document contains assumptions and some factual inaccuracies concerning affiliates rights and roles, none the less the premise on which is made is the one TULO will address in the weeks ahead.

The desire to expand Party membership is a shared one but, let nobody be under any illusion that as collective organisations the removal or sale of our collective voice is not on the agenda.

We are proud of who we are and what we have achieved by way of social justice.

We are certainly not going to accept any advice on democracy and transparency from the people who brought us the cash for honours scandals or whose activities are funded by cash from wealthy outsiders who refuse to give to the Party but prefer to lay cuckoos in CLP nests.

And a word, we can expand ad infinitum, the number of people we bring into the tent.

But, if what they say is ignored as has been the case in the past, in favour of dinner party babble, then why bother.

  • Privatisation of Health - Unison
  • PFI
  • Manufacturing – Policy / Unite
  • Apprenticeships
  • School meals  - Liberals
  • Tax avoidance - GMB
  • Rail franchises – ASLEF TESSA
  • Bogus self employment - UCATT
  • Royal Mail - CWU
  • Housing – All of us
  • Abuse of working people

Collective voices ignored in favour of free market dogma.

So be assured the collective voices of millions of working people and their families, and a hundred years of shared history, will not be washed away or sold for an electoral gimmick.

There are many more questions than answers in this Report as you would expect.

The next few weeks will determine whether we make or break the collective link.

Now let us get on with the real business of winning back millions of voters to ensure we bring the hope and social justice the British people deserve.

 

 

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