Sharon Graham

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Person.png Sharon Graham  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Sharon Graham.jpg
Born9 December 1968
SpouseJack Clarke

Employment.png General Secretary of Unite the Union

In office
26 August 2021 - Present
Preceded byLen McCluskey

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.[1]

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,[2] whom she now employs in her office despite a final warning from the union for his behaviour.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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