Dromey was elected Deputy General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, having lost the 2003 election for General Secretary to Tony Woodley by a wide margin. Dromey is active in the Labour Party, serving on its National Executive Committee (NEC).
Dromey first came to public prominence for his involvement in the strike at the Grunwick film processing laboratory in the mid-1970s. The mostly female Asian workforce at Grunwick went on strike to demand that company boss George Ward recognise their union; instead, Ward dismissed the strikers, leading to a year long confrontation involving mass picketing and some violence. The strike was unsuccessful and ended without any concession at all from Grunwick.
On 15 March 2006, in the Cash for Peerages scandal, Dromey spoke of not being aware, despite being party treasurer, of £3.5 million worth of loans made to the Labour Party in 2005 by three individuals who were subsequently nominated for life peerages (Chai Patel, Sir David Garrard and Barry Townsley). Loans made on commercial terms, as was the case here, are not subject to reporting requirements to the Electoral Commission.
Dromey stated publicly that neither he nor Labour's elected NEC chairman Sir Jeremy Beecham had knowledge of or involvement in the loans and had only become aware when he read about it in the newspapers. Dromey stated that he was regularly consulted about conventional bank loans. As well as announcing his own investigation he called on the Electoral Commission to investigate the issue of political parties taking out loans from non-commercial sources. His resulting report was discussed by the NEC on 21 March 2006 ().
His wife (Deputy Labour Party Leader, Harriet Harman) has been caught up in the Donorgate affair, as she accepted a £5,000 pound donation that was revealed to have been from David Abrahams. Abrahams illegally donated more than £630,000 to the Labour Party.
Dromey Ready for Local Skirmish with Pickles; Birmingham MP and Former Trade Union Leader Jack Dromey, as the Labour Party's Shadow Local Government Minister, Is Challenging the Government's New Localism Bill as It Works Its Way through Parliament. Neil Elkes Reports
Apr 07, 2011; Jack Dromey has got Tory Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles in his sights. With a reputation as a fierce union firebrand he...