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Strike at East North East Homes to reinstate union steward

by Leeds Unison member
Issue No. 2114

Leeds workers show support for John McDermott (centre)

Leeds workers show support for John McDermott (centre)

Workers in East North East Homes Leeds (ENEHL) were set to take a second day of strike action on Thursday of this week. The strike is in defence of their trade union rights and Unison union convenor, John McDermott.

ENEHL, a council owned housing Arms length management organisation, has torn up agreements about union facilities and suspended John McDermott for carrying out trade union activities.

Without consultation, ENEHL has imposed a trade union facilities scheme that reduces both the time available to represent workers and the number of stewards.

Unison members are furious about the attempt to hamstring the union at the same time management is trying to force through unacceptable changes to terms and conditions.

Over 200 members of Unison took strike action last month and the provocative response from the employer was to suspend John.

One steward said, “We want our union rights back and John to be reinstated. Our employer is acting like a bully. It has picked a fight and it is going to get one. Unless they back down we will be taking more strike action.”

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Tue 12 Aug 2008, 19:15 BST
Issue No. 2114
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