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More questions raised in Yunus case

Issue No. 2196

The employment tribunal investigating the sacking of nurse and union activist Yunus Bakhsh heard last week from witnesses who back him.

Together they showed the lengths that management and sections of his own union went to build a case against him.

Fellow union activist Brian Robertson told the tribunal that management were wrong to tell them he had considered making a complaint against Yunus for bullying. Brian blamed some of those behind the campaign against Yunus.

The tribunal then heard a recording of a phone call between Brian and Peter Cafferty, one of Yunus’s key accusers, in which Cafferty abuses Brian.

Witnesses saw important omissions in management’s evidence to its own disciplinary hearing and to the tribunal.

The judge recalled senior manager Claire Hesketh after it became clear that she had not released some statements and correspondence that might benefit Yunus’s case.

These included letters from staff who had refused to sign witness statements, either because they were inaccurate, or because they said that they had been misled about their purpose.

Evidence to the tribunal also reveals the way Yunus’s Unison union provided support from full time officers to those lining up to attack him.

Ruth Berkley, who heads the union’s work with black members in the north of England, was assigned to Kerry Cafferty after she made a complaint against Yunus. Cafferty was later revealed to be a member of Facebook groups linked to the Nazi BNP.

The tribunal will reconvene on Monday 19 April.

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Tue 6 Apr 2010, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2196
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