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'Anonymous witnesses' to be used in Yunus Bakhsh hearing

Issue No. 2049

Management at the Tyne & Wear NHS Trust continued their victimisation of leading Unison union activist Yunus Bakhsh this week, insisting that they will use “anonymous witnesses” in their disciplinary hearing against him.

Shamefully Yunus’s own union launched its own attack by suspending him from office in January of this year.

The growing anger among Unison members in the health service with the Labour government is cause for concern to Unison’s leadership.

They fear that the left inside the union will gain as a result and threaten the relationship between the union leaders and the Labour Party.

Unison leaders hope that by suspending Yunus that they can hold back the threat of the left.

A progress report by the northern region of the union into Yunus’s suspension, sent to the union’s national executive committee last month, contains a number of inaccuracies, which create the impression that there is widespread support for Yunus’s suspension.

The report says that evidence and responses from individuals have deliberately been kept confidential in order to prevent “possible reprisals”.

Yet there is absolutely no evidence that this is the case.

A letter accompanying the report says the report was endorsed by a vote of 64 to one at a recent meeting of Unison’s northern regional council.

No such vote took place.

Following the marvellous fringe meeting in Yunus’s defence at Unison’s health conference last month, it is vital that pressure on the union’s leadership is maintained to win justice.

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

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Tue 1 May 2007, 19:22 BST
Issue No. 2049
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