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Yunus Bakhsh’s tribunal names names

Issue No. 2193

The anonymous accusers of sacked nurse Yunus Bakhsh were finally revealed at an employment tribunal last week. It is more than three years since they gave evidence that was important in the case against Yunus.

Documents presented to the tribunal showed that Kerry Cafferty, Heather Stephenson and Mike Dodds gave statements to management that were used in the disciplinary case against Yunus.

But Yunus was denied their names, until now.

The three made these statements after their Unison branch had decided to back Yunus in his campaign against sacking.

Cafferty was later revealed to be a Facebook friend of BNP Nazis and a member of Facebook groups that were a focus for racists.

She later resigned from Unison.

The tribunal also heard that statements had been gathered from a wide range of witnesses for use in the investigation by management.

But three statements were omitted from the final report – at least two because the witnesses refused to sign the testimony they were supposed to have given.

Claire Hesketh, the head of the management investigation, said disciplinary regulations were binding on management “in part but not wholly”.

The tribunal continues this week, and is expected to run into April.

This is a critical case for the rights of all trade unionists.

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Tue 16 Mar 2010, 19:38 GMT
Issue No. 2193
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