Support is growing for sacked bus worker and union convenor Abdul Omer Mohsin.
Former Labour MP Tony Benn is among dozens of trade union and political figures adding their name to the call for his reinstatement.
Abdul Omer is the Unite union convenor at London Sovereign buses, owned by multinational Transdev.
“I have been sacked for being an effective union rep,” says Abdul Omer. “My union representative did an excellent job at demolishing the company’s case when I appealed, but this has been ignored.
“I am determined to fight on for justice, and it is wonderful to have solidarity from so many people. I appeal to the company to see sense and reinstate me.”
Abdul Omer spoke at the May Day trade union march in London last Saturday, receiving a warm welcome.
Company management claim they sacked Abdul Omer because he acted in an “unacceptable” and “intimidatory” way towards a witness at a disciplinary hearing.
But Abdul Omer says he was not offensive, that the witness made no complaint, and he was standing up for a fellow worker.
The Unite branch at Sovereign has called for a ballot for strike action demanding his reinstatement. Unite should act on this immediately.
A union meeting for both Sovereign’s garages was set to reaffirm the call for an immediate ballot this week.
Wages and conditions have sharply improved at London Sovereign since Abdul Omer began to organise as an elected rep and then as convenor.
Many workers believe that is why he has now been targeted.
The Defend Abdul Omer campaign is supporting Unite’s campaign to win reinstatement.
It is also demanding that London Mayor Boris Johnson intervenes to investigate charges of union-busting at London Sovereign.
Johnson is responsible for the operators that run the capital’s bus services.
If Sovereign get away with dismissing Omer, it will encourage attacks on trade unionists in bus garages across London and beyond.