Seven British trade unions urged the labour leadership to restore Jeremy Corbyn

The party affiliated unions include Unite, TSSA, CWU, FBU, NUM, ASLEF and FAWU 

The seven trade unions affiliated with Labour Party Britain have written to party leadership against suspension of former leader Jeremy Corbyn. Trade unions including Unite, Labour’s largest donor, and TSSA, which backed Starmer  in the Labour leadership election, have now urged the party leadership to “work with us on a fairer, unifying way forward” in the interests of “party unity”.

As the general secretaries of trade unions affiliated to the Labour Party we seek to put on record our serious concerns about the manner of and rationale for suspension of the former party leader Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour Party.

The publication on Thursday of the EHRC report ought to have marked a moment of reflection and repair for our party. Instead, an ill-advised and unjust suspension has caused division.

We therefore call upon the leader, Keir Starmer, the general secretary David Evans and the NEC to work now with us as affiliated unions to repair this damage.

We speak as the leaders of unions representing working people who desperately need a Labour government. We cannot comprehend why the leadership would not only compromise the opportunity to unite our party behind the implementation of the EHRC’s important recommendations so that they can be taken forward with the members’ full trust and confidence, but also undermine our party’s democratic processes and, ultimately, our party unity.

We therefore urge Keir to work with us on a fairer, unifying way forward.

Signed

ASLEF, Mick Whelan
Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, Sarah Woolley and Ian Hodson (President)
CWU, Dave Ward
FBU, Matt Wrack
NUM, Chris Kitchen
TSSA, Manuel Cortes
Unite, Len McCluskey

                                                                    Khalid Bhatti 

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