After Labour’s National Executive Committee decided the party’s Welsh and Scottish organisations deserved a place each at its meetings, employees have demanded a say as well.
They say Labour would be hypocritical to deny worker representation after the Tories have promised to put ordinary employees in company boardrooms.
But Labour’s NEC already has worker representation. The committee has 12 union members, who speak for eight unions including Unite and the GMB, which represent Labour employees.
This seems to be nothing more than an eleventh-hour attempt to stir up more hostility against Jeremy Corbyn using specious reasoning, as usual.
If these people really wanted to fend off a possible purge of party staffers (for what reason? Have they been acting against the party’s interests?) then it has backfired badly – like all the other attacks on Mr Corbyn.
Instead of innocent victims, they come across as no better than the other liars and manipulators we’ve seen over the last three months.
Not only that, they have undermined the bids to put Welsh Labour and Scottish Labour representatives on the NEC.
How, you ask?
It seems clear that these people are trying to stack the NEC with people who oppose Mr Corbyn. That’s not a good enough reason to have them.
Labour staff are so worried about being sacked they have demanded their own places on the party’s ruling body, the National Executive Committee.
They say it would be hypocritical of the party to refuse them after it said employees should sit on company boards.
A submission asking for places for staff on the committee, and seen by the BBC, said: “It is disappointing that while the Tory prime minister has promised worker representation on company boards that Labour Party workers are currently unrepresented on their own executive.”
Refusing the places would be “deeply hypocritical”, the submission said.
It demands two new seats on the NEC for Labour staff who are trade union members, in addition to the position already reserved for the party’s general secretary.
Labour’s staff are represented by the GMB and Unite unions.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been asked for reassurances that a clear out of staff will not take place.
A staff member said: “We have years of experience and expertise and they belittle us at every opportunity.”
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