A number of Unison members are facing disciplinary action from the union.
Tony Staunton, City of Plymouth local government Unison branch secretary, faces an investigation over the alleged political use of a computer bought for him by his union branch.
In a separate investigation Tony, and two other leading activists – Mandy Berger in London and John McDermott in West Yorkshire – are facing disciplinary action following a walkout in protest at Tony Blair’s TUC speech in September this year.
The investigations come at a time when Unison faces a number of huge challenges – over the implementation of the single status agreement, the attempt to impose a public sector pay freeze and over the privatisation of public services.
It is outrageous that energy that could be harnessed in these struggles should be wasted in this way.
A factsheet to defend the three activists is now available. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get copies.