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Doncaster union rep suspended after speaking out

Issue No. 2168

Doncaster council suspended Jim Board, the branch secretary of Doncaster Unison union branch on Monday of this week after he spoke out in the media.

Jim was told he was being suspended for “failure to follow a reasonable management instruction”.

This relates to an interview Jim gave to Channel 4 about the case of two brothers who attacked two children in Edlington, near Doncaster.

Jim did not speak to the media about the case until after both of the boys had entered guilty pleas in court.

As well as being suspended from his position at the council, Jim has been effectively barred from entering the Unison office and carrying out his role as a union representative. This comes as Doncaster council is attempting to push through a series of cuts.

Questions are also being raised about the timing of Jim’s suspension.

It coincided with a press conference given by Doncaster’s right wing English Democrat mayor Peter Davies who called on workers to support the Workers of England Union (WEU). The WEU is a non-TUC affliated “union” which boasts it is “proud of being English”.

Send messages of protest to the director of Doncaster council, Paul Hart, and the Mayor, Peter Davies, both at Council House, College Rd, DN1 3AJ. Messages of support to Doncaster Unison, Hallcross House, 1 South Parade, DN1 2DY


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Tue 8 Sep 2009, 19:38 BST
Issue No. 2168
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