That close friend of Rupert Murdoch and the Sun, Gerard Coyne, has lodged a complaint with the certification officer. Coyne is challenging the result of the Unite General Secretary election on the grounds of 'multiple rule breaches', according to today's Guardian.
Coyne, who lost the election by 6,000 votes, maintains that Len McCluskey and 'his staff manipulated the union’s procedures to win the poll'. He is arguing that McCluskey's election team misused member databases, while denying Coyne the same facility.
How Coyne can make such scurrilous claims is quite amazing. During the election campaign I know of scores of Unite members whose Branches nominated Len McCluskey yet were still receiving emails, mailings and text messages from the Coyne team.
Coyne's campaign was the most negative union election contest that I've known. Here we have someone who purports to be a trade unionist who supports working people being backed by the scummiest press media imaginable, including the hated Sun.
Gerard Coyne, do the decent thing. Your brand of corrupt trade unionism is not welcome in Unite. Shut up and go away. You are a spent force in the labour movement.