Britain’s largest union, Unite welcomed today’s (Friday 4 May) ruling by assistant certification officer Jeffrey Burke QC that rejected a complaint by Gerard Coyne and found that Unite had acted in accordance with its rules when calling last year’s general secretary election.

Commenting on the ruling, a Unite spokesperson said: “Unite welcomes the assistant certification officer’s rejection of Mr Coyne’s complaint and his ruling that the union acted in accordance with its rules in calling a general secretary election.

“It should be noted that when the general secretary election was called no complaints or objections were made by Mr Coyne or any other individuals.

“Unite presumes that Mr Coyne will accept the judgement and looks forward to the election being fully upheld following June’s hearing, allowing the union to focus unhindered on the job of representing its members.”


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.

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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.