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ENEHL strike for victimised Unison convenor

Issue No. 2141

Unison members lobbying the hearing

Unison members lobbying the hearing

Workers in East North East Homes Leeds struck on Tuesday of this week in defence of John McDermott, their Unison union convenor who is a member of the union’s national executive.

John has been subject to a campaign of victimisation by his employer and suspended for seven months on charges of disobedience.

His disciplinary hearing concluded on Friday of last week.

Unison members held a protest outside the hearing.

Employers used two security guards to “police the protest” and threatened to call the police.

John was initially denied access to the car park and shouted at by a senior manager.

Brian Mulvey, the Unison branch secretary, who is representing John, said, “This is a clear attack on John for representing and emailing Unison members. I have never been involved in such a hostile and unfair hearing.”

Unison members have now taken strike action three times before and they have resolved to escalate their action if John is dismissed.

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