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Defend Unison activists

Issue No. 2028

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.

Send messages of support to tony.staunton@blueyonder.co.uk and mandy.berger@camden.gov.uk and johntherhino@aol.com

A factsheet to defend the three activists is now available. E-mail layactivists@hotmail.co.uk to get copies.


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Sat 25 Nov 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2028
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