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Why is Yunus treated as Unison’s enemy within?

Issue No. 2213

Unison members will find no mention of the fact that Yunus resoundingly won his Tribunal in the statement the union issued about his case last week.

In fact, among a host of lies and inaccuracies, a statement on the Northern region’s website repeats management’s claim that Yunus was not really unwell at the time of their disciplinary hearings against him.

Unison says, “He [Yunus] said he was too ill to attend [Unison disciplinary hearings], yet in the same period attended his fringe meetings at national health conference and national delegate conference and lobbied regional council meetings.”

The Employment Tribunal noted that that several doctors diagnosed Yunus as suffering from depression so severe that he could not concentrate for long, and that he was prescribed anti-depressant medication from February 2008 onwards.

They upheld his claim that the trust had been wrong to continue with its proceedings against him despite this.

That a trade union, which says that it champions the rights of people with disabilities, would resort to such slurs is outrageous.

That it would issue such a tissue of lies is a reflection of the bitter witch-hunt conducted by those who believe the left in their own union are a bigger enemy than the government and the employer.

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