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Defending John McDermott

Issue No. 2195

A Unison union disciplinary has barred John McDermott, an activist in Yorkshire and Humberside, from holding union office for five years.

John received the greatest vote for the Yorkshire and Humberside regional male national executive seat in elections last year and attempted to take up the seat.

Unison interfered with the election process by falsely claiming John may not be able to take up the seat, as he was unemployed. In fact he was working at the time.

John has taken his complaints to the Certification Officer for Trade Unions. The case was heard before the disciplinary hearing—the result will be declared in three weeks.

But the union has found John guilty of seven charges of breach of the rules. John was even denied the right to hear the case against him and prevented from submitting his own written evidence.

John said, “I intend to ensure the democratic will of Unison members in my region prevails.”

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Tue 30 Mar 2010, 18:50 BST
Issue No. 2195
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