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Defend Unison activists

Issue No. 2031

Tony Staunton, Plymouth local government Unison branch secretary, has been suspended from office for 60 days by Unison union leaders.

This is part of an investigation over the alleged political use of a computer bought for him by his union branch.

Tony says, “I intend to defend myself vigorously. I have not broken and would not knowingly break the rules of the union. I remain committed to the aims and objectives of Unison and a devoted trade union activist. I ask for your formal support.”

Messages of support to copies to

Messages of concern to: General secretary, Unison, 1 Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9AJ and Unison South West. Unison House, The Crescent, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DU. Fax 01823 336 013

Yunus Bakhsh, a leading health activist in the Unison trade union, has now been suspended from work for ten 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.

Workers are preparing 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.

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Sat 16 Dec 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2031
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