Yunus Bakhsh, a leading health activist in the Unison union, has been suspended from work for eight weeks.
Yunus is joint branch secretary of Unison North of Tyne health branch, a member of the union’s health service group executive and a former member of the union’s national executive.
He was suspended on the basis of an undated, anonymous letter, which the management claim could be backed up by anonymous statements.
Yunus’s colleagues see the suspension as an attack on the union—the branch is one of the best organised in the NHS and Yunus has been a thorn in the side of management.
Now health bosses, who recently awarded themselves massive pay rises, in some cases up to 37 percent, want to drive through £24 million in cuts.
Workers are considering a ballot for industrial action to defend Yunus. Health Worker, a rank and file organisation in the health service, has produced a leaflet in defence of Yunus.
To obtain copies write to Health Worker, c/o 123 Coppice Street, Oldham OL8 4BH. Rush messages of support to firstname.lastname@example.org