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Health activist Yunus Bakhsh faces sack

Issue No. 2105

Leading NHS union activist Yunus Bakhsh faces the verdict in the disciplinary hearing held by his employer this week. Twenty months since he was originally suspended from work, his NHS trust is set to sack him.

Yunus is signed off sick, but despite the confirmation by his GP and other health professionals of his inability to attend a hearing, the trust has pushed ahead regardless.

When the original complaints that led to the hearing were made, Yunus raised the possibility that they could be motivated by racism.

He was told that this could be explored when it came to the full hearing.

By going ahead with the hearing without Yunus being present, the trust has made it impossible for him to raise personally this potentially very important aspect of the case.

Trade unionists can support Yunus by emailing him, complaining to the trust and raising funds for an employment tribunal.

Yunus’s fellow workers are demanding that the Unison union holds a full meeting of the branch to discuss the case and consider what action to take in order to reverse this injustice.

Send messages of support to donations to Defend Yunus Bakhsh Campaign, c/o 46c Lawe Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear NE33 2EN. Cheques payable to Defend Yunus Bakhsh Campaign

Yunus and fellow activist Tony Staunton learned this week that Unison is appealing against the recent Certification Officer hearings that found that Unison had broken the law, in Tony’s case when preventing him standing for the executive, and its own rule book, in Yunus’s case when he was suspended from office.

This may lead to an argument that the cases cannot be discussed at the Unison local government and national conferences that were to begin this weekend.

Unison is proceeding with a legal case against Tony that will see him having to find many thousands of pounds and cause him hardship.

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Tue 10 Jun 2008, 18:50 BST
Issue No. 2105
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