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Defeated rightwinger Gerard Coyne in second appeal against result

UNITE’S defeated rightwinger Gerard Coyne announced today that he was bringing a further appeal against last year’s election to become the union’s general secretary.

Len McCluskey won the election last April, but Mr Coyne claimed there should not have been a vote as his term of office had not expired.

His attempt to overturn the result was dismissed earlier this month, but Mr Coyne confirmed he was pursuing the case further, saying: “I have appealed the ruling against my first complaint about Unite's GS election.

“Unite’s rules say ‘The fixed term of office for each GS election will be set at five years.’ Not enough weight was given to this.”

Mr Coyne made no complaints about the timing of the election until after he had lost.

A Unite spokesman said: “Mr Coyne is entitled to appeal, but we are confident that the judgement of the assistant certification officer will be upheld by the employment appeal tribunal.”

Another hearing will be held next month to consider a series of other complaints from Mr Coyne over the running of the election.



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