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Unite's policy on fracking

After watching Gasland and realizing the effects on the country and its inhabitants from this industry and looking at my friends and workmates thinking they all going to be in danger from this industry . I went to one of our branch meetings and when it came to ANY OTHER BUSINESS at the end of the meeting I put my hand up and said "As far as i know i don't threaten any of you or your family but your ignorance to fracking not only threatens my family but yours also do something about it". To which I got a response of come and see us and we will put a motion together to go to policy conference.

So I went home and put together a motion to take to my shop steward and secretary when I got to see them they said they never had time to do a motion. I told them I had put one together and presented it to them. They read it and said it looked good and we put it forward. After that the process started going to regional then to policy conference. Ours was one of 4 motions put forward on fracking which got merged together to come up with unites policy on fracking.

After that the policy seemed to have been shelved and ignored . Meaning no members were being informed of the dangers of fracking to them and they families . I went to my local office and inquired about this as I couldn't understand why the policy wasn't been implemented ? I was told to write to regional which I did but got no reply.

After the North Yorkshire's council decision to give the go ahead to frack at Kirby Misperton. I went along to our local peoples assembly meeting as I thought they would have been at the one of the demos . Knowing that some of those present I asked how many were unite members and about half present at the meeting said they were. I then asked how many have been told by they union about the dangers of fracking ? ( part of Unite's policy on fracking), none had. The chair then looked up the policy on his phone and read it out. This was not the policy that was pasted at conference. Feeling confused I didn't know what to do or were to turn.

Seeing that the General Secretary of Unite was on tour to stand for re-election. I decided to go along to a Question and Answer evening.

I got the chance to ask a question. Which was ... Can a policy pasted at conference be altered in anyway between been pasted and then put on website or conference booklets etc?.

The reply I got was NO. I then said one has to be asked which one. The one on fracking was my reply. I was then asked to see the general secretary at the end.

Which I did and showed him the policy and explained what was missing . He was fantastic, said he would look into it . Maybe it was a typo ? I also asked could he give me it in writing as I keep getting ignored, I was getting no reply to letters etc. He did and I also asked for a photo of him doing this he agreed. Please see attachment.


So Len McCluskey got re-elected as Unites General Secretary and this was my first day off work (25th april 2017) for a long time. I decided to go to my local office and see if I could get some support from my union to help keep Yorkshire frack free. I had a chat with a lady in the office .She told me to contact our regional officer and also gave me an email to contact somebody else within the union. Which I will now pursue in an attempt to get Unite the union to uphold their policy ........ I'll keep you updated when there is more news