Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Lose a ballot and do two terms as a union general secretary

A man who lost the last postal ballot for the leadership of the GMB is about to start his second term as the union’s general secretary.
Paul Kenny was the only candidate when nominations closed on November 16.
As Wikepedia notes: “Kenny had been defeated heavily by Kevin Curran in the 2003 GMB general secretary election to replace John Edmonds. However, he was appointed acting general secretary on 24 March 2005 following Curran's resignation after alleged election rigging.
“In May 2006 he was elected un-opposed as GMB general secretary.”
The GMB, formerly the General Municipal Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union has 600,000 members.
Congratulations to Paul Kenny. But why do none of the GMB’s other 599,999 members fancy a crack at the top job?
I’d be interested to hear from GMBers in the comments box – anonymously if necessary.
I was a GMB member in 2003 and voted for Kevin Curran.


  1. I am a joint NUJ/GMB member but only because GMB is recognised where I work.

    I opted out of the political fund because I didn't want to support Labour when they were in government but I don't really know what other purpose the GMB serves other than to try to get Labour elected/re-elected.

    In the last six months or so it has spent more time and energy trying to persuade members to vote for Ed Miliband than it has articulating an alternative to spending cuts. Which is a bit of a shame when you consider Labour has done precious little to articulate an alternative to spending cuts, for the rather obvious reason that it doesn't really have an alternative because the coalition has merely extended the previous government's programme in many areas.

    Most people I work with - and we work for a union so it's not like we don't know how things work - are deeply underwhelmed by the GMB.

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