Help me build a stronger union that continues to win for you
I stand on my record as a General Secretary who has delivered for Unite the Union members and representatives. I promise to continue to deliver for you.
My campaign commitments to you:
Secure a better pay deal for our members
Introduce better pay campaigns in every Unite workplace.
Negotiate stronger bargaining agreements with major employers.
Protect our members’ jobs
Oppose all compulsory redundancies and cuts to terms and conditions.
Authorise Leverage campaigns against the most hostile employers.
Defend our Shop Stewards and Reps
Victimisation of activists to trigger automatic Unite campaigns.
Increase support for our members in dispute
Increase strike pay – no member in hardship.
Assist branches to develop strike funds.
Dispute units to provide campaign support.
Organise for power and against injustice
Resource strategic organising campaigns to grow the Union in key industries
Continue to reach out to workers and enable them to make change in sectors where exploitation is rife.
Our work is unfinished
Under my leadership, Unite is united, working collectively to ensure our union is fit for the future.
We can be proud of what we have built together – Britain and Ireland’s largest, most progressive voice for ordinary men and women.
Let’s build on this tremendous achievement. Let’s stand together to face head on these challenging times.
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Unite – a union that wins for you
Building a decent future for you and your families is what inspires me. As your Unite general secretary I have been proud to draw on the talents of our union to turn it into the greatest fighting force for working people in these islands.
I have delivered on my promises, and duty, to you:
- Building a financially secure union fit to withstand turbulent times.
- Building a strike fund of over £35 million to defend members fighting for justice.
- Leading from the front in the fight against political attacks on our movement.
- Securing the merger with Ucatt, ensuring one strong, effective union for construction workers.
- Organising campaigns that have grown our union across core sectors of our economy.
- Winning investment in energy, automotive and defence industries to bring decent jobs to thousands of members and their families.
- Thousands of new community members, standing shoulder-to- shoulder with the vulnerable in our communities and members across our union.
- A leverage team to workers facing attack by the worst employers
- Justice for blacklisted workers at Crossrail and elsewhere, and continuing the fight for justice at Shrewsbury and Orgreave.
- An Olympic bonus for London bus drivers.
- Justice for sacked workers at Liverpool Homes.
- Pay bargaining secured and our shop stewards defended at Honda.
- A world class legal service to pursue bad employers, integrated into our industrial work to win for you.
- Leading the fight against failed austerity, defending our NHS and public services and challenging the rise of in-work poverty.
- Working with our international partners to oppose damaging trade deals TTIP and CETA between the EU, US and Canada.
- Proudly investing in equalities training, rolling out our ‘Dignity at Work’ programme across the union.
- From Sports Direct to BMW, Easyjet to Jaguar Land Rover, from shipbuilding to London Buses, Unite is winning and improving conditions in workplaces across the UK and Ireland.
Hear how Len’s Journey from Liverpool Docks to General Secretary of the UK and Irelands biggest Union has shaped his vision for the future of Unite.
Len McCluskey has proudly led Unite the union since his election to office in 2010. Unite is the UK & Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members right across the economy.
Len was born and raised in Liverpool and retains deep links to the city he still calls home.
He started work on the Liverpool docks, the place where he was first politicised and where his determination to win a better deal and dignity for workers was first formed.
He has been a trade union member all his working life. His first union was the Transport and General Workers’ Union where he served as Branch Chair, Branch Secretary and Senior Shop Steward.
In 1979 Len McCluskey was appointed a Transport and General Workers’ Union Regional Officer in Merseyside and in 1990 became National Secretary for General Workers. In 2004 he was appointed National Organiser.
Len played a leading part in the negotiations that led to the formation of Unite through the merger of the Transport and General Workers’ Union and Amicus. From 2007, when Unite was formed, as Assistant General Secretary, Len’s work was dedicated to making the new union work for its members.
Len often says that, alongside his union card, he has only ever held lifelong membership of two other great causes: the Labour Party and his beloved Liverpool FC.
Len turns to poetry and chess for rare moments of relaxation while the book he finds most inspirational is Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.