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Backing for Yunus Bakhsh in Unison

Issue No. 2037

The continuing campaign to defend leading health union activist, Yunus Bakhsh, from victimisation by his employer has received shocking evidence that management were able to use material produced by the Unison union to undermine support for him.

As trade union activists from across Britain gathered to protest outside Yunus’s disciplinary hearing last week, bosses at Tyne and Wear NHS Trust handed out a Unison letter discouraging union members from attending the protest, saying that it was “unofficial”.

In addition managers told workers that if they attended the protest then they would be photographed and their presence would be “recorded”.

Local union activists have complained that a photographer was taking pictures of the protest from some distance away.

She was immediately recognised as a member of a Unison branch’s full time staff.

Leading members of Unison in the north east of England are enraged and are demanding that their regional secretary issues a statement in condemnation of the surveillance.

Meanwhile a number of Unison branches have passed motions or sent messages of support to Yunus in the wake of his suspension from his elected union positions last month.

They include: London Voluntary Organisations, South West London Mental Health, Southend local government, Plymouth local government, Tower Hamlets local government, Camden local government, Portsmouth local government, Ashfield local government and Liverpool Community Health and Hospitals branch.

Send messages of support to Yunus at [email protected] For more details contact the Defend Yunus Bakhsh Campaign, c/o 46c Lawe Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 2EN. Phone 07958 171 205

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Sat 10 Feb 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2037
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