THE VERDICT in the long running union disciplinary case against Glasgow UNISON activist Roddy Slorach has been adjourned until 16 November. Roddy's reconvened hearing last week saw him rebut the union leaders' allegations against him. Scottish UNISON secretary Matt Smith, who carried out the initial investigation into Roddy, was not even present.
The case stems from Roddy leading unofficial, and successful, strike action against the Labour council last year. That upset UNISON leaders who want to cosy up to New Labour. They targeted Roddy as part of the union leaders' wider witch hunt against the left.
Some 35 people lobbied UNISON HQ in Glasgow last week before the hearing. A statement defending Roddy has won wide support, including two UNISON national executive members, Doug Wright and Jean Thorpe.
A factsheet is available for 50p from Hands off Roddy Campaign, c/o Biggar, 255 Allison Street, Glasgow G42 8AH.