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Outrageous sacking of PCS member

Issue No. 2203

PCS Delegates gave a standing ovation to victimised union rep Jane Brooke before voting unanimously to back her fight for justice.

Management sacked Jane, who is the PCS secretary of the Land Registry Weymouth branch, in November last year.

Jane and some fellow workers made legitimate claims for repetitive strain injury caused by their work.

She dropped the claim because of the high cost of proceeding. After this, bosses said that she had attempted to “defraud” the department and sacked her—despite a 31 year unblemished work record.

The PCS believes that she has been sacked to weaken the union’s strength at work.

It is believed that Land Registry paid £8,000 to a firm of private investigators to follow Jane.

They produced over 60 hours of footage of her outside her home, shopping and going to the gym.

Management relied on around five minutes of this in her disciplinary.

Jane’s doctor has said that there is no evidence of fraud. A sports expert has confirmed that hands are not needed to operate the machine Jane was using in the gym.

In an emotional speech, Jane told conference, “The surveillance undertaken was extremely intrusive and caused me extreme anguish. Imagine a lone female being watched and filmed by two men.

“This style of management behaviour needs to be ferociously challenged to see justice done.

“It is imperative reps are able to discharge their duties free from bullying behaviour.”

An 80-strong fringe meeting saw the strength of support for Jane in the union.

Michael Kavanagh, the PCS president in the Land Registry, told the conference, “We are now taking the case to the civil service appeal board. We will not accept anything short of victory—full reinstatement and costs.

“If we don’t get this we will consider industrial action.”

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