Against victimisation

Unison activists expelled

By Kate Ahrens
(Leicestershire Health UNISON, personal capacity)

Candy Udwin and Dave Carr, Unison activists and SWP members, have been expelled from the union. The two were branch officers in the University of London Hospitals (UCLH) branch of the union and were finally expelled following a lengthy appeals process on charges relating to a leaflet that they produced during the dispute at the hospital over PFI.

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London underground

  • Chris Barrett
  • Derailment
  • Pay action



Chris Barrett

Last year tube driver Chris Barrett hit the headlines when he was sacked from London Underground after they filmed him visiting a squash court while he was off work with an ankle injury. His doctor backed him up, saying the exercise for appropriate treatment for his recovery. London Underground went ahead and dismissed him. The background to the sacking is the employer's policy of tailing and videoing one in three workers on long-term sick leave!

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Defend civil service union rep!

By a civil servant

An important battle to defend trade union rights and stop the victimisation of a trade union rep is shaping up in the Department of Work and Pensions.

Charlie MacDonald is a trade union rep in the Stratford social security office in London. In the recent past complaints have been made against him, complaints which relate to incidents that occurred at the beginning of the year during a strike in the DWP. Why have these complaints only just been made? The union, the PCS, feels that they can only be the basis of a concerted attempt by management to get rid of Charlie.

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Hands off Unison! Hands off John Gray!

A Unison Branch Officer in Tower Hamlets, John Gray, is being disciplined for challenging a management decision to stop a day’s pay to a Unison steward. Defend the right of union reps to represent their members!

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Liaoyang worker activist imprisoned in freezing conditions

The imprisoned Liaoyang worker activist, Xiao Yunliang, has been transferred to a prison with inadequate heating facilities in a mountainous rural area near Shenyang, where temperatures are currently around minus 20 degrees C. This is his eleventh transfer since he was first imprisoned in 2002.

Xiao suffers from a wide range of serious medical conditions. However, prison authorities have so far provided him with no medication or medical treatment, other than an operation in August 2004 to correct a cataract in his right eye.

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Multinational sacks union members

Management of the Norwegian multinational Jotun in Turkey have sacked all 50 members of Petrol-Is union in an attempt to smash the organisation.

Workers at the factory in Tekirdag near Istanbul have organised a picket line and refused to let anybody work inside. Ten new workers who were hired by the management stopped to work immediately after they were warned of the problem. The workers and Petrol-Is are asking Jotun to stop the union busting and to re-hire the dismissed workers.

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PCS walkouts

By a civil servant

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCSU) working in the Social Security offices and Jobcentres in east London walked out at the beginning of May over the suspension of a supervisor. This action was part of a series of walkouts in offices around the UK in Glasgow, Lancaster, Morecambe, Sheffield, Manchester, central London, Leicester. The offices affected in east London were at Hackney, Stratford, City, Poplar and Hoxton, and the jobcentres in East Ham, Stratford and Poplar.

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