Solidarity Trade Union members have reclaimed their Union at an Emergency General Meeting. The meeting heard how all members of Solidarity had been notified of the meeting called constitutionally by 2/3rds of the membership. Notices were published on the Union website, text messages sent to mobiles and email and postal bulletins sent. The wreckers Hawke and Potter for whom safety fears had been expressed had been offered personal guarantees of their safety and dedicated security to allay their fears. It was therefore a disappointment that those who have made so many despicable allegations in recent months chose not to attend in a cowardly move aimed at avoiding the ire of the membership. One member commented:- “Hawke and Potter aren’t so much red as yellow it seems”.
Conference endorsed the actions of General Secretary, Pat Harrington, in blocking attempts by the traitors and wreckers Hawke and Potter to stage an unconstitutional coup. The mood was serious at the gathering held in Brentwood, Essex. Delegates voted to: –
Expand the Executive to seven places
Establish a role of Treasurer, which must be separate from both President and General Secretary
Abolish the role of Vice-President
Ratify the appointment of lay-auditors and professional accountants
Give the General Secretary powers to put to the members by postal ballot whether any Executive member should remain in office
Appoint a committee of five to study the Constitution and recommend changes to be put to postal ballot of the membership
The meeting heard speeches from Mark Walker, a teacher being persecuted on account of his political beliefs, from Durham. Reports were given on recent internal disruption followed by a round-table discussion. Activity reports were given of the recent leafleting drives at parades in Southport and Belfast.
Simone Clarke, Lindsey Nieuhoff, Adam Walker and David Kerr were appointed to the Executive of the Union. Solidarity member Dave Durant: – “Three was to small for an Executive of a Union like Solidarity. The people coming on are steady, sensible and creative folk with a lot to offer the Union. They have shown their mettle in their personal battles and will provide resolute leadership.”
The meeting ended with a discussion of recruitment strategy. A big push is planned over the coming months to build on recent increases. At the close, meeting Chairman Adam Walker, declared:- “The members have spoken and Solidarity is back on track!”.
One Third Way member who is also proud to be a member of Solidarity summed things up her feelings like this:-
I don’t know what motivated Hawke and Potter to mount their failed coup and try to wreck our Union. Maybe it was personal arrogance, maybe political malice or worse. What I do know is that Pat Harrington is an effective leader and team-player who will get our Union moving and growing. Third Way members of Solidarity should support and indeed demand Just retribution for the traitors Hawke and Potter.” Solidarity Union – A Joint statement from the BNP and Third Way 20/06/2007
Some Third Way and BNP members have asked why advertising had been suspended for the Solidarity Trade Union. The answer is that an unconstitutional attempt has been made to remove General Secretary Pat Harrington from his position, and to replace him with an unknown individual from Liverpool whose involvement in the BNP has extended to just a few weeks – during which time the local organiser and activists concluded from his behaviour that he could well be a Marxist agent provocateur.
Both the BNP and Third Way leadership agree that there are a number of pointers which strongly suggest that Solidarity has been the subject of a far-left sabotage bid, involving several individuals working as a team. If so, as one would expect under such circumstances, it is no surprise that one or two other essentially decent people have been duped by them and their allegations against other members of the union. We note with concern that Tim Hawke continues to refuse to sign first year accounts so that these can be submitted to the Certification Officer in time. This is despite the fact that the accounts were prepared by an accountant and have been independently and professionally audited by a Barrister and Kenny Smith (head of BNP admin).
We feel it is no coincidence that this attempt to subvert the union’s constitution and to set real nationalists against each other has been launched on the eve of a planned major push for new members. Equally, we are so convinced of the huge potential for Solidarity that both the BNP and Third Way are united in agreeing to continue to push Solidarity forward as quickly as possible.
We agree that the most important step forward for Solidarity organisationally is to expand its Executive from three to seven members, with one of the new members from Third Way and three from the BNP. We also agree that Mr Harrington is the best person to build and lead the Union forward as part of this wider team (including loyal and competent BNP members).
We call on Clive Potter and Tim Hawke to co-operate in making the necessary changes. We in particular call on all members of Solidarity to demand that an Emergency General Meeting be held on Saturday, July 14, 2007 where the Executive can be enlarged from three to seven and the recent disruption can be resolved. We also urge all BNP and Third Way members who are in jobs and professions which are or should be unionised to join the union straight away. If, as we suspect, there has been a takeover bid, then it both shows how much the far-left fear the idea of a nationalist trade union, and shows how important it is that as many people as possible join at once in order to secure Solidarity in safe hands. We note that the membership details of all new members will totally secure, you can join via Paypal at Solidarity. Solidarity members should email: email@example.com stating that they want an EGM or write to the General Secretary (Pat Harrington) at:
12 South Bridge,