The bloated Unite bureaucracy is attempting to de-recognise the GMB union for its own employees. The GMB have complained and dearunite.com have obtained all the correspondence. So Unite thinks unions are good for employees except when they are their own employees. You couldn't make this stuff up.
Actually what McCluskey is up to is slightly cuter than simple de-recognition. Unite's proposal begins with:
"The General Secretary has previously indicated that the Union will provide facilities for one Staff Committee to represent all employees designated as Staff"It continues:
"All Staff employees will receive a communication from the Union outlining the above and asking them to indicate in a ballot whether:The sting in the tail is a small note at the bottom of the Unite proposal:
a. They wish to be represented by an in house Unite Staff Committee or
b. Whether they wish to be represented by an independent Trade Union
c. If they indicate that they wish to be represented by an independent Trade Union they will also be asked: “Which Union would you wish to represent you?”
"Whatever the outcome of this process employees are at liberty to belong to a Trade Union of their choice; however bargaining rights will only apply to the newly formed Unite National Staff Committee" [our emphasis]So our union is giving its staff a ‘choice’, in a ballot set up and run by itself as an employer, but has decided that whatever they choose, bargaining rights will only apply to an in-house "Staff Committee". Not actually de-recognition of the GMB then - just unilateral withdrawal of bargaining rights!
You might think our union can be trusted to deal fairly with its own employees. Not if you know any history of the various Employment Tribunals it has lost against them you won't:
U is for Vendetta