Caroline Leneghan, an RMT member, has publicly accused her former partner Steve Hedley, who is Assistant General Secretary of the RMT, of serious domestic violence.
She says: “I have decided to make a public statement about this because of his public position in the union and because I want to encourage other women to come forward who have faced similar abuse”.
Her statement also contains detailed criticisms of her union’s handling of an investigation into complaints against Hedley: “I was distressed and astonished at the questions I was asked and the investigating officer displayed a total lack of respect and sensitivity, and a lack of understanding of domestic violence.”
Caroline proposes: “A support group made up of women from the left and labour movement to support women and challenging abuse and sexism should be set up.”
This statement needs to be read and seriously discussed across the labour movement and on the entire socialist left, but especially in the RMT and the Socialist Party as Hedley is listed on their website as an SP public figure.
Read the document in full on Caroline’s blog
A statement is also being circulated by women in the labour movement – “Our movement must be a safe space for women”. They welcome supporters from the labour movement of all genders and none.
This statement is from Workers’ Liberty – originally published on Workers’ Liberty website, 10 March 2013.