Unite – the Union
, known as Unite
, is a British and Irish trade union
, formed on 1 May 2007, by the merger of Amicus
and the Transport and General Workers' Union
. The General Secretary of Unite is Len McCluskey
On 2 July 2008, Unite signed an agreement to merge with the United Steelworkers
to form a new global union entity called Workers Uniting
which will represent over 3 million members in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, North America and the Caribbean.
As part of the merger process, a Joint Executive Council (formed of the executives of both the predecessor unions) took office on the vesting day. In March 2008, a new Executive Council for the expanded Union was elected, taking office on 1 May 2008 and having a three year term.The Executive Council was tasked with putting a new Unite rulebook to a postal ballot of members during July 2008. The rule book was accepted by a majority of members and will not be subject to amendment until a Rules Conference is held.
The Unite Executive Council consists of 40 seats elected by former Amicus
members and 40 seats elected by former TGWU
The 40 "Amicus seats" comprised one seat for each of the 10 UNITE regions, four women's seats and one seat for each of the 26 industrial sectors.
Within both the Amicus and T&G sections, the majority of victorious candidates were from the broad left
slate, and a number of positions were uncontested. The first EC... Read More