28 September 2012
Unite the union will use this year's Labour party
conference in Manchester to press the case for bold
policies to renew the British economy.
Central to this will be the call for the establishment of a
National Investment Bank (NIB) charged with funnelling
resources to major, much needed infrastructure and housing
projects, but working in conjunction with the crucial
social policies that will get the nation off the path to
poverty set by the coalition government.
The union's general secretary, Len McCluskey, is
expected to lead this call on Monday, 1 October during the
rebuilding our economy debate. He will urge Labour to
be bold, to grasp its potential of a NIB to create
jobs and skills and spread wealth fairly across our
communities. He will say that Labour must not adopt
the cautious model set out by Vince Cable earlier this
Unite has attacked the coalition's `business bank'
as being disappointingly modest in resources, scope
and ambition, and far from the strategic agency that ought
to be at the heart of growing the country to recovery.
Len McCluskey will also speak at Unite's fringe
meetings which are:
12:45 pm Monday, 1 October in the Unite marquee: Unite
fringe - Strategies for growth: Defeating austerity.
5:45pm Monday, 1 October in Manchester Central, exchange 9:
Unite, Unison, GMB and CWU - An alternative to austerity.
12:45pm Wednesday, 3 October in the Unite marquee:
Media looking to speak to Unite representatives should
Pauline Doyle, Director of Communications on 07976 832 861
or Alex Flynn, Head of Media and Campaigns on 07967 665