Wednesday, April 25, 2007

TGWU Executive Recalled over "Super Union" Name Debacle

The Amicus CC website reports

The T&G leadership have had to concede to recalling its Executive tomorrow (25th April), after failing to convince the Executive members with a two page letter last week that there was no going back on using the name 'Unite' because the name had been registered by Amicus and all the publicity material for the new union had already been printed.

This latest set back for the TGWU leadership follows it losing a 6 to 2 vote at the Finance and General Purposes meeting on Thursday 12th April over balloting the membership on a name for the new union.

The T&G Leadership had apparently given a commitment throughout merger process that the membership would be given a democratic vote on the name of the new union. This was confirmed on the front cover of the March/April TG Record announcing the successful 'yes' vote of the unions' membership to merge.

Preparatory work on choosing a name for the new union is almost complete, and alternatives will be put before the membership in a democratic vote in the near future." The ditching of the ballot of the membership has created a serious division between the leadership and the lay members of the Executive, who see the issue now not just about the question of the name but one of a test of lay member democracy, and ultimately, who will control and decide on policy when the new union is formed in May. And this on top of the T&G leadership's failure to support John McDonnell and the 'merger' agreement with the UNited Steel Workers

It is also understood that motion 26
(The terms and conditions of the General Secretary) will be raised at the recalled Executive meeting. A busy meeting.


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