Unite the Union

Unite the Union

June 08, 2007 07:43 ET


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 08, 2007) - Reaching out to 1.4 million voters, Unite, Britain's biggest union will embark on a massive offensive this weekend to support Jon Cruddas' candidacy for deputy leader of the Labour Party.

As 1.4 million Unite members receive their ballot papers to choose the deputy leader of the Labour Party, Unite will broadcast Jon Cruddas setting out a radical trade union agenda through Union TV an online broadcasting service available on the union's website; www.amicustheunion.org. This weekend Unite members will receive the union's magazine featuring Jon Cruddas on the front page accompanied by an in-depth interview. Unite has also placed adverts featuring Jon Cruddas in this weekend's Guardian and Observer.

In the interviews Jon Cruddas sets out his agenda which supports working people, including: better employment protection for manufacturing and finance workers; a halt to private sector involvement in public services; an end to NHS cuts; and full employment rights for agency workers.

The union believes that Mr Cruddas is the best candidate for the deputy leadership and will effectively articulate the views of trade unionists and grass roots labour supporters to the government, at the highest level.

Unite, Joint General Secretary, Derek Simpson says,
"This election is very important. It may even determine the result of the next general election. A deputy leader determined to change government policy on jobs, housing, public services and the war in Iraq will surely prevent an election victory by the resurgent Tories.

Jon understands that working people face a daily struggle to stay in a decent job, to pay for a home, a car and keep a pension scheme going.

The other candidates, all ministers in Tony Blair's government, seem only to call for more policies designed to appeal to the well off."

Notes to editors: Unite has recently launched Union TV, a great new way to communicate with members and activists. Available via the union's website Union TV offers short film broadcasts on some of the current issues, campaigns and events Unite is involved in.

Union TV was designed to present information in an easily accessible format - it's as easy as watching the news. It was also introduced to present the union's side of the argument - which all too often is missed out by mainstream media.

Contact Information

  • Unite
    Richard O'Brien
    07768 931 315
    Unite Press Office
    Ciaran Naidoo
    07768 931 315