Labour conference to go ahead after deal with security firm. Does this one recognise unions?

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But what are the details of the deal?

The contract with Showsec was halted because the company did not recognise trade unions – but do we have any information to show that OCS is any better?

Also, it seems Labour MPs – particularly those supporting Owen Smith (because the NEC has been criticised for pro-Smith bias?) have been publicly congratulating the National Executive Committee for sorting out this issue.

Comrades: You are congratulating people for doing their job properly. It’s nice – but do you do that to anybody else?

The Labour Party has signed up a company to provide security at its annual conference meaning the event will go ahead as planned.

It follows a stand-off between the GMB union and another security company, Showsec, over union recognition, which threatened to derail the event.

Labour’s General Secretary Iain McNicol announced the party had signed a deal with OCS Group.

The firm is the existing supplier of security at the Liverpool ACC venue.

Source: Labour signs deal with conference security firm – BBC News

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7 thoughts on “Labour conference to go ahead after deal with security firm. Does this one recognise unions?

  1. Neilth

    Hmm! Isn’t this a zero hours contract firm? Or is this a rumour in some of today’s papers?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Interesting, isn’t it?
      Will this contract fall apart because the Labour Party members responsible are ignoring their own rules?

  2. Di Finch

    It not only uses zero hours contracts but was one ofthe firms castigated by Labour over London City Hall contracts about 3 years age. This means that the practice of zero hours is actually being ” recognised” by Labour if they use this firm! So much for principles…losing out to expediency!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Why do you say, “nobody on the left”?
      Security firms should be apolitical, I would have thought – they accept any hire.
      The issue is the employment credentials… Perhaps a better question would have been “Does nobody on the right accept the need to have decent employment credentials?”

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