Twelve major trade union leaders have backed Jeremy Corbyn against any leadership challenge following the letter of no confidence lodged against the current leader this morning.
The union bosses say the a “manufactured leadership row” is the last thing the party needs in the current crisis, saying it would be an unnecessary indulgence.
The letter, from the biggest unions in the UK, demands Labour is a “source of national stability and unity” in the face of Conservative turmoil.
They say that, instead of a leadership row, Labour should focus on protecting workers’ rights and preventing further cuts being enacted as a result of Brexit.
The below is a statement from union leaders backing Jeremy Corbyn to continue as Labour leader.
The Prime Minister’s resignation has triggered a Tory leadership crisis. At the very time we need politicians to come together for the common good, the Tory party is plunging into a period of argument and infighting. In the absence of a government that puts the people first Labour must unite as a source of national stability and unity.
It should focus on speaking up for jobs and workers’ rights under threat, and on challenging any attempt to use the referendum result to introduce a more right-wing Tory government by the backdoor.
The last thing Labour needs is a manufactured leadership row of its own in the midst of this crisis and we call upon all Labour MPs not to engage in any such indulgence.
Len McCluskey, General Secretary, Unite the Union
Dave Prentis, General Secretary, UNISON
Tim Roache, General Secretary, GMB
Dave Ward, General Secretary, CWU
Brian Rye, Acting General Secretary, UCATT
Manuel Cortes, General Secretary, TSSA
Mick Whelan, General Secretary, ASLEF
Matt Wrack, General Secretary, FBU
John Smith, General Secretary, Musicians’ Union
Gerry Morrissey, General Secretary, BECTU
Ronnie Draper, General Secretary, BFAWU
Chris Kitchen, General Secretary, NUM
Margaret Hodge and Ann Coffey tabled the letter of no confidence earlier today, which was sent to chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party John Cryer who will consider whether to accept it for discussion on Tuesday.
Sources: http://labourlist.org/2016/06/union-leaders-back-corbyn-against-indulgence-of-leadership-challenge/ and http://labourlist.org/2016/06/the-last-thing-labour-needs-is-a-leadership-row-unions-statement-backing-corbyn/