Len McCluskey has been re-elected as the General Secretary of the Unite Trade Union, beating two other candidates. Unite has just under 1.5 million members and McCluskey has been the general secretary of the union since 2011.
The turnout in the election was 12.2% and the results were:
- Len McCluskey – 59,067 votes
- Gerald Coyne – 53,544 votes
- Ian Allinson – 17,143 votes
Gail Cartmail, the acting General Secretary of the union, said:
“I congratulate Len McCluskey on his victory and would urge the entire union to pull together in the interests of our members, and not least to work for a Labour victory in the General Election.
The turnout in this important election can give no cause for satisfaction and, while the tone of the campaign will not have helped, the underlying reason remains the archaic and expensive balloting system imposed on trade unions by law. The sooner we can move to secure and secret workplace and online voting the better for union democracy”.