Many Unison union activists in Yorkshire and Humberside were shocked last week when John McDermott, a leading Unison union activist for many years, was barred from holding office in the union for three years.
Many see it as a continuation of a political witch-hunt against left wing union activists.
John faced charges of breaching Unison rules and bringing Unison into disrepute for simply trying to attend an NEC meeting last year.
John had received the most votes for the Yorkshire and Humberside regional male seat, but when the result was announced was shocked to see the word “withdrawn” against his name.
Having complained but not received a response that made any sense, he attended an NEC meeting and asserted that he had every right to be there because he had received the most votes.
John said “I am astounded that, for simply turning up to a meeting, I have now been barred from holding office.”
John has lodged a complaint to an Employment Tribunal arguing that he has been subjected to unjustified disciplinary action. He will also be complaining to the Certification Officer.