'I WAS staggered to learn of the expulsion of Roddy Slorach. Stop the witch hunt - justice must be done.' So said UNISON national executive member, and candidate in the union's current general secretary election, Roger Bannister, over the expulsion of one of Glasgow's leading trade unionists from his union. Roger's message of support for Roddy will be read out by a delegation from his Knowsley UNISON branch who plan to join a lobby in Glasgow on Saturday. UNISON members and other trade unionists from across Britain are to protest outside UNISON's Scottish Regional Council.
Roddy has been thrown out of UNISON simply for implementing the decisions of the members he represented. The case stems from a successful, but unofficial, strike last year by UNISON members in Glasgow's social work department. Workers voted to stay out despite the anti-union laws. That infuriated UNISON leaders and the New Labour council. Roddy stood up for that decision.
Ever since, both UNISON leaders and Glasgow's New Labour council have been out for revenge. They have encouraged press smears on Roddy, who is a member of the Socialist Workers Party.