Unions slam Labour NEC member for disaffiliation call
Labour NEC member Christine Shawcroft in a late night Facebook post slammed the trade unions, "nothing would induce me to support a candidate from a major trade union, they stick it to the rank and file members time after time after time. It's also time to support disaffiliation of the unions from the Labour party. The party belongs to us, the members."
This morning she was widely condemned by trade union leaders.
Christine Shawcroft is a member of the @UKLabour party. The clue is in the name. We are the party of labour, founded by the trade union movement. Her proposals for disaffiliation aid the most backwards forces in our society and she should withdraw them.— Len McCluskey (@LenMcCluskey) March 7, 2018
Our movement is built on collectivism, our Party came from the trade union movement. Anyone who thinks the unions don’t have a role in the Party we built and have stood by through thick and thin, should ask themselves if they’re in the right place.— Tim Roache GMB (@Tim_Roache) March 7, 2018
Christine Shawcroft’s comments are wrong on every count. Trade Unions are an integral and historic part of the Labour Party. This is no time for this kind of divisive nonsense - we need to focus on getting Labour elected https://t.co/LnZ0vdxSpU— Dave Prentis (@DavePrentis) March 7, 2018