This article is about Unite the Union. It is the largest trade union in the UK and Ireland. Unite retains its separate identity in the United Kingdom. In March 2008, a the legal rights of union stewards pdf Executive Council for the expanded Union was elected, taking office on 1 May 2008 and having a three-year term.
The Executive Council was tasked with putting a new Unite rulebook to a postal ballot of members during July 2008. The rule book was accepted by a majority of members and will not be subject to amendment until a Rules Conference is held. December 2010 on a platform of unification and standing for one term of office only. The Unite special Rules Conference in 2010 agreed a rule change including a formula for how seats will be allocated on the UNITE Executive Council which takes office in 2011. There are a number of factions within Unite.
Unite Now, A growing active movement established in 2011 which is “moderate left” It presents itself as an independent movement for lay members, activists and officers. Unitenow campaigns for greater transparency in the union and are critical of the unions centralised hierarchical decision making structures. They campaign for greater financial transparency, a move away from the current centralised executive powers with a more independent Executive Council which has set term limits. Not aligned to any political section of the union it has grown in influence within lay activist ranks, officers and key manufacturing sectors of Unite.
It is widely accepted that they will challenge the Unite General Secretary election due to be called in 2017. February 2009 for the election, the results being announced in March 2009. This election was for a fixed term until December 2010. The Executive council also postponed the adoption of the new rule book and integration until May 2009. This action was taken in light of the potential success of a legal challenge to Simpson’s extension of tenure by a “single member” of the union. Executive and its General Purposes and Finance Committee and unfairly dismissed convenor of Rolls Royce at Bristol, disclosed at the outset that he was the person behind the challenge. He made the same legal challenge that Simpson deployed successfully on his predecessor Ken Jackson.
All candidates received sufficient nominations, but Laurence Faircloth stood down after nominations closed, recommending that his supporters to support Derek Simpson. A total of 159,272 voting slips were returned, out of a possible 1,096,511 voters, a turnout of 14. Simpson won the election with 37. Joint General Secretary until December 2010. 101,000 votes and was duly elected as General Secretary of Unite for a 5-year term starting 1 January 2011. The overall turnout was 15.
Jerry Hicks, who had won 136 nominations. This was Jerry Hicks’ third successive attempt at becoming Unite’s General Secretary. Ian Allinson later announced that he would stand as a “grass-roots socialist” candidate. Unite’s assistant general secretary for legal affairs producing a report on the allegations. Coyne was suspended from his position as West Midlands General Secretary by Unite on 20 April, after voting had finished, the day ballot counting began. It was claimed that Coyne had brought the union into disrepute. However, on 2 June Coyne announced a legal challenge against the result.
A private presentation given by Unite’s former joint general secretary Tony Woodley showed that membership of the union had stood at 1. 44 million in 2007 but declined by 262,740 between 2007 and 2010. During 2012, despite wider falling trade union membership and the tough economic climate, Unite increased its membership by more than 50,000 members. 42 million by April 2017.