Unite welcomed today’s (Tuesday 12 June) ruling by High Court Judge Sir Akhlaq Choudhury QC, at the Employment Appeals Tribunal that dismissed an appeal by Gerard Coyne. 

The ruling upholds an earlier ruling by High Court Judge Jeffrey Burke QC which found that the union had acted in accordance with its rules in calling a general secretary election.

Commenting on the ruling a Unite spokesman said: “The dismissal of Mr Coyne’s appeal upholds the ruling of High Court Judge Jeffrey Burke QC and is a further endorsement that Unite acted in accordance with its rules in holding a general secretary election.

“While Mr Coyne is entitled to proceed in having his further complaints heard by His Honour Judge Burke QC at the end of this month, Unite is confident it will be further vindicated and that the hearing will show that the union upheld its rules throughout the election and that Mr Coyne has been misconceived to complain otherwise.”


For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.  

Notes to editors         

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.