VEXNEWS has obtained the following email that was sent to all members of the Victorian Labor Unity faction today. It reads as follows:
Dear LU Member,
By now you may have been approached to sign a petition that states:
“We the undersigned have no confidence in the current Labor Unity Executive structure.Â The current structure was an attempt to capture the diversity of views in Labor Unity. However, it has delivered the opposite result with consensus decision-making now non-existent.Â It is fundamentally undemocratic and does not represent the interest of
the broad group. Further, we believe the spirit of the previous structure should be revived to give weight to the views of unions, MPs and rank and file members. We are concerned at the recent destabilisation of the Party and the impact of this on our electoral prospects. We support the negotiated arrangements that will provide stability to the Party.”
At the time of writing 65% of LU members have signed in support of the petition.
That means that 65% of LU members have declared that the LU Executive as currently constituted no longer represents Labor Unity.
As a result of the failure by some to recognise the importance of traditional Labor Unity values such as relying on consensus as the foundation for decision making and acting in the best interests of the Party, there is only one course of action that can be taken.
We need to engage in a discussion within our group about both the rules that govern Labor Unity and the principles under which we operate.
We again assure you that we will engage with you on how to restore the group’s values and a means by which we operate, including the structures that will assure our future success.
In respect to the new deal, 70% of the Labor Party are supporting it, including the Socialist Left, Ferguson Left and UCA along with those in Labor Unity who have initiated this deal.
We wish to thank you for your support.Â If you have not had the opportunity to sign the petition and wish to, you can do so in a reply email, by letter or we could arrange for someone to call and collect your signature.
Yours in unity,
Russell Atwood â€“ On Behalf of the Australian Services Union
Noah Carroll â€“ Labor Unity Secretary
Stephen Conroy â€“ ALP National Executive Member
Wayne Mader â€“ On Behalf of the Transport Workers Union
Richard Marles â€“ Federal Member of Parliament
Cesar Melhem â€“ On Behalf of the Australian Workers Union
Fiona Richardson â€“ LU State Parliamentary Convenor
Bill Shorten â€“ Labor Unity Convenor