Edinburgh Labour recently suspended Councillor Gordon Munro, longest serving of our three Leith Ward councillors, for three months. This punishment was issued for the perceived delinquency of disobeying orders to vote for the coalition budget motion in February 2021 when, instead Councillor Munro abstained from the vote. His reasons for abstaining: that the coalition budget did not serve the people of Leith (where some of the most acute deprivation in Scotland exists) nor Edinburgh properly.
Whilst it is recognised that other parties’ budgets may have proven even more detrimental to Leith and Edinburgh it must also be recognised that Councillor Munro is a long standing campaigner against cuts, a lifelong supporter of workers’ rights (particularly City of Edinburgh council workers) and a consistent and persistent advocate for those in his ward and beyond who suffer the pains of poverty. It is in this context that we ask Edinburgh Labour to rescind or commute this sentence to enable this councillor to do what the role demands of him.
We’re proud to nominate Sharon Graham for Unite General Secretary
At tonight’s branch meeting we decided on who our branch nominate as the next Unite the Union General Secretary.
We invites all candidates to the meeting and were joined by Howard Beckett, Steve Turner and Sharon Graham. We heard excellent, impassioned speeches from all, with ambitious proposals and plans for matters such as protecting public sector jobs, uniting the union in the face of factions and divisions, responding to the changing nature of work, making a just transition to green energy and how to take on big employers and win.
Our nomination meeting/hustings will commence at 5pm on Thursday 20th May 2021 and end at 7pm. The meeting will use Microsoft Teams and all Unite CEC branch members are invited. If you wish to attend please contact the branch secretary by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org (including your full name, phone number and union membership number if available) to request the meeting link by email. The email should arrive no later than 6pm on Wednesday 19th May 2021.
Each candidate will be allowed 10 minutes to speak followed by 10 minutes responding to questions. A 10 minute gap, during which discussions may take place, will occur between candidates. Nomination will be decided by vote following the departure of the last candidate.