|Born||9 December 1968|
Sharon Graham is a British trade unionist who has been the General Secretary of Unite the Union since 26 August 2021. She is the first woman to hold the position. She previously served as Unite's executive officer and as head of its organising and leverage department.
Husband facing complaints
Sharon Graham’s tenure as General Secretary has been marred by allegations – which neither she nor the union have denied – that she attempted to have evidence destroyed in bullying and misogyny complaints about her husband, Jack Clarke, whom she now employs in her office despite a final warning from the union for his behaviour.
Legal action by Brendan Ogle
Complaints have also been made about Unite’s appalling treatment of Irish union legend Brendan Ogle, who is now taking legal action over Unite’s ‘disgusting’ abuse and bullying following his return from cancer treatment.
Ogle did not support Sharon Graham in the union’s general secretary election and the union’s conduct toward him led to protests during Graham’s recent Dublin visit, outrage among Irish politicians and even threats from a whole sector to disaffiliate entirely.
Executive Council AGM
In June 2023, the United Left ‘Members First’ group swept the board of the senior positions today at annual general meeting of the Unite Executive Council (EC) – unopposed. Tilbury docker Andy Graham is the EC’s new chair, while the vice-Chair positions went to Pat Davies, an Equality Rep at Arriva South London bus company, and Michelle Smith from the CMA North East Yorkshire and Humberside.
The numbers clearly did not stack up for the slate supporting controversial General Secretary Sharon Graham, as her slate candidates ultimately did not stand – leading to bizarre votes of 30 for the left slate candidates and 27 abstentions, results that gave a true reflection of the strong performance of the Members First slate, despite spin from Graham’s supporters after the EC elections that they had in fact won a majority.
- "Senior Unite officer ‘breaks union rules’ to marshall exec support for Graham"
- "Unite’s Graham ‘tried to have evidence destroyed’ in bullying complaints against her husband"
- "Graham’s husband, now senior in her team, ‘was on final warning’ after bullying/threat complaints"
- "Unite Ireland energy branch threatens disaffiliation from union over Ogle treatment"
- "Left slate sweeps senior Unite exec positions unopposed"