I’ve been a member of Unite the Union and predecessor unions since I was 19, so it means a lot to me to have the Unite LE/1998 branch, the Tower Hamlets Town Hall branch of Unite, backing to be the next Labour Mayor for Tower Hamlets.
Tory cuts to council grants will mean tough decisions will have to be made by the Mayor and councillors post 2014. I’m committed to openess, transparency and dialogue as those difficult choices are made. That’s why the Unite Tower Hamlets Council branch is backing me. The statement of the branch secretary, Paul Ward, is below.
At the Unite Tower Hamlets Branch meeting held on 13th March 2013, there was a unanimous decision to support you in your Tower Hamlets Labour Mayoral Candidacy.
The Trade Union movement and the Labour Party are inherently linked but that relationship in Tower Hamlets has waned of late. Of all the Labour Mayoral candidates you are the only one to approach a local Trade Union, in this case your union of Unite, not only seeking support but providing assurances as to improving the working relationship between the local Labour Party and Staffside to deliver excellent services for residents of Tower Hamlets.
That open approach and willingness to work with all parties will be essential to take Tower Hamlets Council forward. We therefore hope that all local Labour Party trade unionists will support you in your candidacy.
Unite Branch Secretary
No regional or national committe of Unite has voted to back me – Unite the Union as a whole isn’t formally endorsing anyone in this race. I am proud that the council workers of the LE/1998 branch based in Tower Hamlets Town Hall has chosen to vote to support me.