Around 70 activists from Unison and other unions came to a meeting last week to discuss “Is there a witch-hunt in Unison?”
They heard speeches from Yunus Bakhsh, Suzanne Muna and Onay Kasab – all currently facing disciplinary action from Unison.
Tony Staunton, who has been expelled from Unison, was billed to speak but was unable to attend the meeting. Another Unison member spoke on his behalf.
The meeting was chaired in a personal capacity by Diana Leach (Unison national executive), and John McDonnell MP gave a powerful speech urging activists to campaign for Unison to be a fully democratic and inclusive union.
All the trade union speakers brought home that the witch-hunt exists and that it is a political attack on the left.
It is a sign of the weakness of Unison’s present leadership and of their fear that trade unionists’ anger is growing over pay and other betrayals by Labour Party leaders.
From the floor a string of Unison members gave solidarity to those facing the witch hunt. Eddie Fleming, a PCS member who is facing victimisation by management, spoke of how good it was when unions fully supported their members.