GMB national president Barbara Plant called for a “fully independent investigation into the serious allegations raised around the departure of our previous [general secretary]” on Thursday evening.
Three members of the shadow cabinet and seven senior GMB officials were accused of knowing about allegations against former head of the union Tim Roache in an anonymous letter sent to Plant last week.
Alluding to the nature of the allegations made anonymously against Roache, Plant said: “The safety of our people, particularly women, and the integrity of our union is paramount to me as GMB national president.”
Roache, who was first elected as GMB general secretary in 2015 and re-elected in November, resigned on Tuesday evening. The next day, GMB announced the launch of an investigation into his conduct while in post.
It has been reported by The Times that the 600,000-member party-affiliated trade union intends to appoint a QC to lead the inquiry.