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Double standards over Nazi candidates

Issue No. 2099

There is an institution that sacks trade unionists and allows its workers to stand for the fascist British National Party (BNP) in elections. It’s not a union-busting private equity company, but the government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The DWP has allowed BNP members Frank Swayne to stand in Hastings and Daniel Thorlby to stand in Newcastle. The department has often made it difficult for other workers to stand for election by placing conditions on them.

Swayne works in the Child Support Agency office in Hastings. Management there recently sacked PCS civil service workers’ union rep Eddie Fleming for carrying out his trade union duties.

The PCS is showing the progressive role unions can play by campaigning against the BNP members and demanding that Eddie Fleming is reinstated. It’s a disgrace that the government can’t claim the same.

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What We Think
Tue 29 Apr 2008, 18:01 BST
Issue No. 2099
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