GETTYLen McCluskey has compared himself to Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi after backing strike action
Mr McCluskey, who is one of Jeremy Corbyn’s most important backers, called for illegal strikes which he compared to the world-changing actions of the suffragettes, Mandela and Gandhi.
Speaking at the Trades Union Congress Mr McCluskey said: “I don’t know if I’m going to jail. The reality is that the law is wrong and it has to be resisted.
“I dare say if you’d have been interviewing Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi or the suffragettes you’d be telling them that they were breaking the law.”Related articles
He continued: “The truth is when a law is wrong, not only it is important to stand up and say so, it is our duty to resist.”
Conservative MPs responded to the controversial comments by claiming the Unite leader was “laughable”.
Mr McCluskey said he would defy the law which requires strike action to need to be supported by a ballot with a turnout of more than 50 per cent.
To compare himself to such people shows the vanity of a peacock
Tory MP Jacob Rees Mogg
Tory MP Jacob Rees Mogg said: “To compare himself to such people shows the vanity of a peacock.