Pressure on the Unison union to end its victimisation of the leading health activist Yunus Bakhsh continues to grow.
Yunus was suspended from his union position as a joint branch secretary last year and has been threatened with summary dismissal by his employers, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS.
Activists from Yunus’s union branch have been pressing Unison’s industrial action committee for a strike ballot to defend him from management.
So far the committee has not responded to the 25 shop stewards who wrote an angry letter to them last month.
Following Socialist Worker’s reporting of a strongly worded letter of complaint – signed by many leading Unison members in the north east of England – to Unison general secretary Dave Prentis, further signatories have come forward.
The letter insists that the union make the most vigorous defence of Yunus’s job and put aside its own disciplinary hearings until after his employment status is secured.
Messages demanding Unison members at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust be balloted for strike to Dave Prentis, general secretary, Unison, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9AJ. Email firstname.lastname@example.org