Responding to recent press interviews given by Les Bayliss, Len McCluskey, leading candidate in the election for Unite General Secretary said today:
"This election is now a clear left-right struggle for the future of Unite and, to a great extent, the trade union movement as a whole. There are two visions on offer - of a union that puts its members first and stands up for them come what may in difficult times.
Or a union that puts managers and ministers first, that rolls over to have its tummy tickled by the employers every time the going gets tough.
This is no time for a lurch to the right. I believe Unite members will understand that their interests lie in having a strong, democratic and independent union led by a General Secretary who can unite the whole union and is not afraid of the challenges ahead."