Yunus and Tony defend ruling
Campaigners for Yunus Bakhsh were angered to hear that Unison is stepping up its attack on him. Yunus was sacked from his job as a nurse for his union activities and is now facing disciplinary action by his own Unison union.
The union announced last week that it is to appeal against the judgement of the Trade Union Certification Officer, who earlier this year ruled that the union had broken its own rules by suspending Yunus from his elected positions and preventing him from standing for re-election to the union’s health executive.
The officer issued an enforcement order that instructs the union to “forthwith withdraw the suspension imposed on the claimant”.
The union is also appealing against a similar verdict in the case of Tony Staunton, a former Unison branch secretary in Plymouth. In that case the certification officer said that Unison had broken the law by preventing him from standing for the union’s national executive.
Both activists are planning to mount a vigorous defence against the union.
Strike vote at BBC Arabic service
Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) at the BBC’s Arabic Service have voted resoundingly in favour of strike action over workload and staffing levels.
The union has given management until Friday of this week to “properly address member’s concerns” or face significant strike action.
NUJ organiser Paul McLaughlin said, “This is a towering result and shows the seriousness of our members’ concerns.”
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Sellafield workers want better pay
Unite union members at Sellafield nuclear power station in Cumbria have voted by 88 percent for industrial action after management failed to increase its 2 percent pay offer.
Unite Regional Officer Alan Westnedge, said, “This vote shows our members are prepared to take part in industrial action to fight for fair pay.”
Shop Direct vote for pay deal
Workers in the Usdaw union at Shop Direct have voted by a narrow majority in favour of a pay deal that will see them receiving a 4 percent increase this year, an extra 1 percent in May 2009 and a further 4 percent in July 2009.
Some 2,846 members voted to accept, while 2,258 voted against.