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Who produced the fake Yunus Bakhsh leaflet?

Issue No. 2101

In an extraordinary twist in the ongoing attempt to victimise left wing health activist Yunus Bakhsh, a new and mysterious leaflet has been produced.

The flyer, which purports to be issued by the North East Shop Stewards’ Network, advertises a meeting to “organise financial aid” for Yunus.

So far, apart from the offices of Unison’s Newcastle City branch – which has apparently “deleted” its copy – only one copy of the leaflet has been found.

When Yunus’s supporters questioned the detail of the leaflet they found that the organisation said to be calling the meeting had never heard about it, the venue had never been booked, and the speakers never contacted.

Indeed one of the advertised speakers – whose future employment status may have been jeopardised by being publicised in this way – is abroad on holiday this week.

Leading figures from the Amicus, PCS and UCU unions in the north east of England also want to know why the leaflet lists their unions as having speakers at the meeting when no one has been asked to attend.

The timing of the advertised meeting – mid-morning on a Wednesday – also stunned Yunus’s campaign.

Now activists are asking, who would benefit from producing such an obvious fake? And, was the leaflet designed specifically to cause embarrassment, possible disciplinary sanctions, and even to jeopardise future funding arrangements for individuals and organisations concerned?

Socialist Worker would like to aid the investigation into the origins of this leaflet. If you have any information please send it in confidence to

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Tue 13 May 2008, 19:09 BST
Issue No. 2101
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