NEW: Joint statement by GMB/Unite Labour staff members in response to news of 90 redundancies.

Staff first heard of news through the Guardian after no consultation. Detail in thread:
Were alternative cost saving options explored? @UKLabour & @Keir_Starmer would rightly ask that of any other employer. Why not here?
There was no consultation around redundancy packages. Again, Labour would rightly ask that of ‘rogue employers’
Finally on compulsory redundancies. Unions say they will take all necessary steps to stop that (ie don’t discount industrial action).

Labour should be a model employer, this is the opposite of that. Important to also say staff aren’t on left. Unite branch nominated Coyne.

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People saying changes to the Official Secrets Act represents the 'end of British democracy'.

Are you aware of the already existing Official Secrets Act and its history? Or that Julian Assange is *already* in prison?

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There are a hundred other statues, besides the OSA, which forbid the disclosure of valuable state information. In Britain we have no constitutional right to free speech, tho we have some protections under European Law.

What is more we live in one of the most secretive countries in the world. Mi6, as one example, has not disclosed one page of one file since its founding in 1909 (!) Even Russians, for instance, know more about the history of their security services than we do.

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I understand this gentleman not only used to be a labour councillor, but used to work for Labour chief whip Alan Campbell.

I didn’t think people like this existed until I used Twitter. Horrific.
The idea such a person would be a councillor is chilling to be honest. His timeline is littered with hate.
a "good friend" of Labour chief whip @alancampbellmp

In his own words.
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Will this gentleman say the same today? 🤔
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Byline proceeded to retweet a range of Labour politicians retweeting the video, making the same assertion, without checking the facts.

Liberals like to think they are defending the truth, but this was a crystal clear case of political communications, not impartial journalism.
It was the exact same play as this gentleman before he recanted his former politics. Find the issue, divide and to hell with the truth.

Unlike Peter Jukes I have no dog in this fight.
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Puritanism of the worst kind.
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