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Health activist appeals against dismissal

Issue No. 2125

Leading Unison activist Yunus Bakhsh is appealing against his sacking by Northumbia Tyne & Wear Health Trust. The appeal is now set for Wednesday 3 December—some six months after his dismissal.

Yunus was sacked from his job as a psychiatric nurse after two decades of service following an anonymous complaint to his management.

The trust has proceded with his disciplinary hearing even though he was signed off sick, and health professionals had certified his inability to attend.

When the original complaint was made, Yunus raised the possibility that it could be motivated by racism.

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

By proceding without Yunus being present, the trust made it impossible for him to raise this aspect of the case.

Yunus is now pursuing an employment tribunal against the trust but has been forced to personally fund all his legal and campaigning costs.

Please send donations to Defend Yunus Bakhsh Campaign, c/o 46c Lawe Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear NE33 2EN. Cheques payable to Defend Yunus Bakhsh Campaign. Email

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Tue 28 Oct 2008, 18:37 GMT
Issue No. 2125
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