Every health worker knows their first duty is to ensure no harm comes to those they are caring for. NHS trusts have a duty of care that is enshrined in law.
Many will then be shocked to learn that leading health trade unionist Yunus Bakhsh’s employer, a mental health trust, appears to be knowingly putting him at serious risk.
Yunus has been suspended from work since September 2006.
As a result of his prolonged suspension, Yunus’s health has suffered and he has been placed on the sick by his GP.
Yet Northumbria, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust is pressing ahead with a disciplinary hearing against Yunus on Monday 2 June.
The trust has said that if Yunus is not well enough to attend, it intends to proceed in his absence.
This is a gross betrayal of Yunus’s interests, of justice, and of the rights of trade union members. It must be met with a storm of protest.
Yunus has a forthcoming Employment Tribunal against the trust for what he believes is victimisation for trade union activities.
A collection at the national conference of the PCS civil service workers’ union last week raised some £820 towards Yunus’s legal costs.
Over the next few days it is vital that trade unionists act on these three things:
- Send messages demanding Yunus’s hearing is called off to Andrew Fairbairn at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send a message of support to email@example.com
- Send donations to Defend Yunus Bakhsh Campaign, c/o 46c Lawe Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 2EN