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Issue No. 2112

Build support for Karen Reissmann

Karen Reissmann, the nurse who blew the whistle on the crisis in mental health care in Manchester and was subsequently sacked, is taking her employers to employment tribunal in the autumn.

Union activists across the country are now gearing up to ensure there is a massive show of support for her on the first day of the hearing in Manchester on Monday 1 September.

Activists in Karen’s Unison union are hoping that the outpouring of support for her will be repeated. Last year 800 workers took strike action to demand her reinstatement,

Karen is also a candidate in a by-election for Unison’s national executive, with voting papers being sent out this week.

A victory in this contest would be a blow against all NHS trusts that hope to bully union activists into silence.

Harrods workers set to close shop

Strike action could hit London store Harrods this summer as the Unite union is to ballot 275 essential workers over leave entitlement and pay.

The workers to be balloted include the engineers responsible for maintaining lifts, escalators and air conditioning, the drivers, warehouse operatives, engineers and maintenance workers.

These workers have been excluded from extra leave entitlement given to shop floor staff and have received a below inflation pay offer of 3.5 percent.

Pat Carmody wins reinstatement

A stark message of defiance and trade union solidarity delivered to the bosses of a London-based call centre has led to the reinstatement of a CWU activist sacked for speaking out in support of a suspended colleague.

CWU Capital branch’s Pell & Bales section secretary Pat Carmody was reinstated a week after more than 40 protesters gathered outside the Old Street call centre to noisily voice their fury at his dismissal for submitting a short article to this newspaper.

The four sentence article, published in Socialist Worker, simply and accurately reported that a well attended meeting of CWU members at the Old Street call centre had launched a campaign to defend a fellow worker – and that many colleagues had “signed a petition calling for the charges to be dropped”.

For more details go to » Update: Pat Carmody reinstated

BBC Worldwide lunch packs punch

Members of the NUJ journalists’ union at BBC Worldwide were set to protest on Wednesday of this week by walking out together to take their full lunch break against a below inflation pay offer.

Workers at the BBC’s commercial arm have voted by a two-thirds majority to take industrial action short of a strike.

Many of the staff work on the corporation’s magazines and listings services.

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Tue 29 Jul 2008, 18:10 BST
Issue No. 2112
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