Democracy in the labour movement

Submitted by AWL on 23 September, 2020 - 9:14
Paul Holmes

Workers' Liberty activists in the Unison public services union have decided to support Paul Holmes in the coming general secretary election (ballot 28 October to 27 November). They also urge Holmes to demand prompt investigation by his employer into the (undisclosed) allegations on which it has suspended him, and by Unison into the (undisclosed, apparently different) allegations on which it too has suspended him.

Suspension from the union doesn't block Holmes from running. But here, as increasingly across the whole labour movement, rules or customs which block suspended activists from speaking about charges against them, or have them suspended for long periods without even being told the charges, are harmful.

Anyone suspended should be told the charges, should be free to publicly dispute them, and should get prompt due process.

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