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Victory for Yunus as judge orders reinstatement

by Yuri Prasad
Issue No. 2248

A judge at an employment tribunal this week ordered the reinstatement of Yunus Bakhsh, the high profile nurse and activist who was sacked illegally for his trade union activities.

Health bosses in Newcastle first suspended then sacked Yunus after they received “anonymous” complaints against him.

It emerged later that some of those who witnessed against the high profile black trade unionist in a management investigation had previously joined racist-inspired groups on Facebook.

Last year, an employment tribunal ruled that Yunus’s sacking was because of his trade union activity and that he had been the victim of disability discrimination.

Now, a judge has ordered that bosses reemploy Yunus in his job as a psychiatric nurse, compensate him for lost earnings, and pay a penalty for discriminating against him.

Yunus told Socialist Worker that he is “jubilant” at the decision.

“All I’ve ever wanted is to return to my job as a nurse in the NHS, which I love. It’s one of things I’m passionate about, and what I’m trained to do.”

There will be a full report of the case in the next issue of Socialist Worker.

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Thu 21 Apr 2011, 15:48 BST
Issue No. 2248
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