UK's biggest trade union shuns opposition Labour

After the defeat of Labour in the UK election, trade unions threaten to abandon the Labour party if it moves away from its traditional source of support.

UK's biggest trade union shuns opposition Labour

World Bulletin / News Desk

The head of Britain's largest trade union Unite has threatened to sever links with the opposition Labour Party if the party's next leader moves it further away from its traditional base of support.

Labour's previous leader Ed Miliband, who was elected with the support of trade unions, stood down after the party suffered a heavy election defeat earlier this month.

That has prompted debate over the party's future direction and the influence of the unions, its biggest financial backers.

"It's essential that the correct leader emerges and that there's a genuine debate about the direction we're going in. It is the challenge of the Labour Party to demonstrate that they are the voice of ordinary working people, that they are the voice of organised labour," Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, which gave more than 3 million pounds to Labour's election campaign, told the BBC on Sunday.

"If they don't, if they kind of inject more disillusionment in the party, then the pressure will grow from our members to rethink. It's certainly already growing in Scotland."

Labour won only one parliamentary seat in Scotland which was once its heartland but voted overwhelmingly for the Scottish National Party at the May 7 election. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Mayıs 2015, 11:14