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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.

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