Reacting today (Thursday 15 November) to the news that former West Midlands regional secretary Gerard Coyne has withdrawn his claim of unfair dismissal against Unite the union, Howard Beckett, the union's assistant general secretary for legal affairs, said:

"We welcome the withdrawal of Mr Coyne's case against Unite. This now concludes the litany of challenges Mr Coyne has brought against the union relating to his defeat in last year’s general secretary election and his dismissal from the union for misusing his position as regional secretary.

“It should be noted that not a single one of his cases, at the employment tribunal, with the Certification Officer or the Information Commissioner has been successful. 

“I hope the media will report this outcome as extensively as it covered his original allegations. The fact is that the administration of Unite has been vindicated in every respect, both in the conduct of our election and as an employer.

“We remain, however, deeply concerned as to some of the matters that have come to light in the course of all these proceedings, indicating substantial external interference in the affairs of our union and the possible breach of data protection legislation.  We shall be pursuing these matters vigorously with the appropriate authorities."


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  • Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.