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Labour conference security woes 'by no means sorted'

Fresh fears emerge after trade union GMB says Labour would breach party rules if it appoints Showsec

Pictured: ACC Liverpool

Fears over the future of Labour Party's Annual Conference have resurfaced after trade union GMB said the security issue was "by no means sorted".

GMB says Labour would breach party rules if it used security firm Showsec, because the security company refused to sign a union agreement.

The ongoing issue puts doubts over the annual conference, due to take place at ACC Liverpool in September, with the Home Office or police at liberty to shut it down if a security provider is not put in place.

Roger Jenkins, GMB national officer for the security industry, said: "This is by no means sorted.

"We have repeatedly asked Showsec to agree to sign up to a standard recognition agreement that recognises GMB to negotiate pay and conditions, seeing its workers treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

"The clock is ticking fast ahead of next month's conference and the company's continued refusal to recognise GMB is intolerable."

A Labour party spokesperson previously told M&IT Magazine: "We do not comment on commercial arrangements."

The security issue was started after the Labour Party cut ties with security provider G4S, due to its alleged links to Israeli prisons.

The conference, beginning 25 September, is expected to bring 10,000 people to Liverpool.

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