On Tuesday 16 January Yunus Bakhsh, one of the best known left activists in Unison, was suspended from office in the union.
Yunus has been suspended from his job as a health worker in Newcastle by his employers since September 2006. This was as a result of anonymous allegations. Nearly four months later he is still awaiting an interview about the investigation.
His branch voted in October to ballot for industrial action. The union has since placed the branch in Regional Administration, along with the two others within the same re-organised health trust that were in the process of merging, with a full time official as acting branch secretary.
No ballot has been organised. Yunus has been prevented from attending meetings of his own branch.
Now, on the day before the Northern Regional Council was due to meet, he was suspended from office in Unison, supposedly on the basis of further allegations to Unison.
Yunus is currently facing a serious attack by the management of the NHS Trust in which he works, and is in danger of being sacked by them. The last Health Servive Group Executive meeting agreed to support Yunus against the management’s attack.
The priority of the union should be to defend a leading activist and prevent him from being sacked. Any internal matters should be dealt with only after the conclusion of his case by the Trust management.
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