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Unison expels left activist

Issue No. 2243

In the latest phase of its witch-hunt against the left, the Unison union has expelled activist Onay Kasab.

Kasab was one of four Unison members banned from office after distributing a leaflet at the union’s conference. All four are Socialist Party members.

An Employment Tribunal found that the four had been unjustifiably disciplined.

The leaflet they produced used an image of the “three wise monkeys” to point out that the union’s standing orders committee had ruled many left wing motions out of order that year.

The union argued that they had been “careless” in causing unintended racial offence.

But the tribunal believed the four would not have been disciplined were it not for the accusations in the leaflet about the committee.

The tribunal said, “It cannot be said that any reasonable person would or should have realised that it would cause racial offence.”

Instead, it said, the leaflet was “an attempt to canvass support to get the motions referred back at the start of conference... in good faith”.

But the union this week launched an appeal—and meanwhile continues to discipline activists.

The latest charge, used to expel Onay Kasab, is that he acted to Unison’s detriment by being active in the Unite union.

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Tue 15 Mar 2011, 18:46 GMT
Issue No. 2243
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