Unison union stewards in East North East Homes Leeds (ENEHL), voted overwhelmingly to resume industrial action in January, in a dispute over trade union rights and the victimisation of union activist John McDermott.
ENEHL is a owned and funded by the council, and partly council controlled by arms length management—set up as part of Labour’s privatisation of housing.
The employer tore up agreements about trade union rights and suspended John, who is the convenor and a member of Unison NEC. John has been charged with disobeying orders and misuse of email, but his real crime is representing and emailing Unison members.
There have already been two well-supported strikes and sustained strike action was planned in October, but was suspended for negotiations.
Since then ENEHL has announced that 65 jobs may be cut.
One steward said “We called off action in good faith but we still haven’t got our full rights back and John has been told he will not work for ENEHL again.
It is clear the agenda has been to smash the union in preparation for job losses.”
Yorkshire and Humberside local government Unison has voted to send a message of support to the workers.