GMB'S VOW OF LOYALTY TO LABOUR.
A UNION chief has moved to heal the rift with Labour over the Scottish Executive's privatisation plans.
The GMB had warned that it would not support candidates in next year's Scottish elections who backed privatisation.
But yesterday the union was quick to deny claims they would back anti- privatisation candidates.
GMB Scottish regional secretary Robert Parker told delegates at the STUC congress in Perth: "Let me make it absolutely clear - GMB Scotland supports the Labour party.
"It supports First Minister Jack McConnell and we will not be giving support to any other party at the May 2003 elections.
"We are Labour to our boots. And those boots were made for walking - delivering leaflets, chapping doors and attending campaign meetings."
But he warned: "We won't be wasting shoe leather on candidates who don't support Unison public services."
And he added: "What we will be doing is looking at how much support we will give them in the light of how much support they give us."
Scottish Labour party chairperson Richard Leonard was due to tell delegates today that Labour wants to deepen its ties with the unions.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Apr 17, 2002|
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