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GMB On The Labour Party

Monday, May 11, 2015

Do Not Act In Haste And Repent At Leisure On Labour Leadership Election Says GMB

The wannabe candidates for Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party need to be thinking where we need to be in 2020 and not where we were in 1995 says GMB.

GMB commented on the Labour Party defeat in the general election and on the election of a new Leader and Deputy Leader of Party.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said “If the Labour Party acts in haste it will repent at leisure.

The defeat last week was heavy and the reasons for it are wide and varied.  The Labour Party must now take a period of time to undertake a serious examination of what took place and why.

Any attempt to reintroduce a quick fix based on nostalgia and a view of the world as it was nearly a quarter of century ago would lead to catastrophe or disaster.

The absurd anti-union remarks made by Lord Mandelson will do nothing but reignite divisions that are completely and totally unconnected to the reasons why Labour lost the election last week.

A return to new Labour will not recover the Labour Party in Scotland – indeed many would argue that it was new Labour that alienated long time Labour voters and drove them to the SNP.

The wannabe candidates for Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party need to be thinking where we need to be in 2020 and not where we were in 1995.

It is time for an adult grown up conversation on this and not for people to indulge in hankering, as they sit in their deck chairs, for a return to a bygone age.

We also need to get ready for the EU referendum. We need to face up to the concerns of a large part of the electorate over more fundamental problems about Europe. Whatever the European vision was on integration, harmony, economic advancement and political stability, what we currently have isn’t it.

The free movement of labour and the single market were to be balanced by the social charter where all the people of Europe would live in freedom and with those in the poorer economies, benefitting from the harmonisation of standards across all member states. There were to be standards on workers protection, TUPE, excessive hours, health & safety, information and consultation and so many others were meant to keep labour exploitation and undermining of conditions in check.

That dream has been chipped away at for years. Right wing governments and employer have engineered massive change in the direction of the EU vision.

If what David Cameron brings back from the negotiations tilts the balance even further away from standards for workers, as the CBI seem to want, many organizations traditionally in favour will campaign for a No vote.”


Contact: GMB political officers Cath Speight 07506 711 925 or Lisa Johnson 07900 392 228 or Gary Doolan 07590 262504  or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823


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