Union leaders have expressed shock at Momentum co-founder Christine Shawcroft’s call for breaking links between trade unions and the Labour Party.
Interesting comments from Christine Shawcroft pic.twitter.com/VknhX6luS3
— Luke Akehurst (@lukeakehurst) March 6, 2018
GMB General Secretary Tim Roache was taken aback:
Our movement is built on collectivism, our Party came from the trade union movement. Anyone who thinks the unions don’t have a role in the Party we built and have stood by through thick and thin, should ask themselves if they’re in the right place.
— Tim Roache GMB (@Tim_Roache) March 7, 2018
UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis was also astounded:
Christine Shawcroft’s comments are wrong on every count. Trade Unions are an integral and historic part of the Labour Party. This is no time for this kind of divisive nonsense – we need to focus on getting Labour elected https://t.co/LnZ0vdxSpU
— Dave Prentis (@DavePrentis) March 7, 2018
Momentum have since distanced themselves from Shawcroft’s comments:
Momentum distance themselves from Momentum co-founder on trade union link: “We’re very proud of the strong links Momentum has to the trade union movement. We firmly support Labour’s trade union link, and hope to see more unions affiliate in the future.”
— Kevin Schofield (@PolhomeEditor) March 7, 2018
Update: Len McCluskey has now also weighed in:
Christine Shawcroft is a member of the @UKLabour party. The clue is in the name. We are the party of labour, founded by the trade union movement. Her proposals for disaffiliation aid the most backwards forces in our society and she should withdraw them.
— Len McCluskey (@LenMcCluskey) March 7, 2018