Unite announces general secretary election result

Len McCluskey

Len McCluskey has been re-elected general secretary of Unite, the union announced today (Friday 21 April).

Votes cast in the election were as follows:

Len McCluskey    59, 067
Gerard Coyne     53, 544
Ian Allinson        17, 143
Turnout in the election was 12.2 per cent.

Unite acting general secretary, Gail Cartmail, 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.”
The result of the election was formally declared on Friday 28 April, together with the results of the election for the Unite Executive Council, which has been held in parallel but which has yet to be counted.