Cleaning up Unite

I will clean up Unite and put power back in your hands

Your union takes more than £150 million of subscription money from members every year. I do not believe there is enough openness about how your money is spent, so I will introduce proper transparency to Unite’s finances. At the moment members of the union cannot see what their money is being spent on. If elected as General Secretary I will set up a new Value for Money and Audit Committee, directly elected from the lay membership, to ensure you get the best value for your subscriptions.

Unite spends tens of millions every year on goods and services that it buys from other organisations and individuals. We need a clear procurement policy so contracts are never awarded on the basis of friendships and favours. I will introduce a proper, published procurement policy and process. Decisions can then be scrutinised through the new value for money and audit committee.

I will also put more power back in your hands at national, regional and local levels. As General Secretary I will support local campaigns with the resources of our national organisation. Our campaigning must reflect local priorities, membership and industries, and not be imposed from above.

I want local branch meetings where members feel free to air their concerns, without being worried that their managers are in the same room. I will also ensure there are more meetings where we can get together to meet and learn from each other. We need to move into the modern world of online communication that is more personal and two-way, more timely and relevant to you.

I will clean up our union, let in the sunlight, and put the power back in your hands.


What will I do?

  • Introduce a published procurement policy so contracts are never awarded on the basis of friendship & favours
  • Set up a new Value for Money & Audit Committee directly elected from the lay membership
  • Support local campaigns with the resources of our national organisation

“I will clean up our union, and let in the sunlight on Unite’s finances”