'If this is a coup, it must be the worst coup ever', says trade union leader on Corbyn challenge

'We're good at coming up with solutions', says Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association General Secretary after 'Jeremy Corbyn coup'

The TSSA general secretary says unionists can help Labour out of their mess

Monday, July 4, 2016

Manuel Cortes from the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) has backed the suggestion that unions might be able to solve the power struggles within the Labour Party. 

This follows the UNITE leader Len McClusky's call to let the unions be the 'power-brokers' behind a peace deal to calm the turmoil in the party. McClusky said trade unions were "professional negotiators" and could "resolve the issues" inside the party while Jeremy Corbyn is leader. 

Cortes, who is TSSA's generaly secretary, shared his views on the UNITE leader's statement.

"I think it's a genuine offer which potentially opens a way forward," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. ""Unions are no power brokers, but there must be scope to come together and try to find a way forward.

"As a trade union leader, the one thing we deal with day in and day out is conflict. 

"The one thing we are also good at is sitting down, talking to people, and coming up with a solution."

Cortes slammed the MPs who resigned en masse in the days following the EU referendum. 

"The reality is MPs are saying they want Jeremy to go, but they have yet to put a candidate up against him," he explained. "If this is a coup, it must be the worst coup ever because to carry one out, you need to decapitate the leadership and they've been unable to do so. 

"If anything, Jeremy's been strengthened from what he was a few days ago.

"He is going nowhere. If they wanted to challenge him, they should have started the official process rather than try to undermine him and bully him into leaving his office."