Supporters of Yunus Bakhsh, the Newcastle nurse unlawfully sacked for his trade union activity, were jubilant this week after NHS bosses moved to re-employ him.
Yunus met with managers to discuss details of his re-engagement at the hospital he was forced to leave five years ago after he was suspended.
An Employment Tribunal last month ordered that Yunus be returned to work.
The high profile activist says he has been inundated with goodwill messages from his colleagues. Many are planning to join him at a victory social event in Gateshead on Friday of this week.
“Lots of people have told me how much they are looking forward to my return,” Yunus told Socialist Worker. “Many rank and file Unison union members in the hospital are pleased I’m coming back.”
It is extremely rare for an Employment Tribunal to order the re-employment of someone who has been sacked for his or her trade union activity. It is even more rare for the employer to agree to re-employ that person.
Senior Unison officials are less pleased. They expelled Yunus from the union after using the same evidence as management as a pretext for their own “inquiry” into him.
It later emerged that some who gave evidence against Yunus had joined Facebook groups inspired by racists and had friended members of the British National Party on the social networking site.
Yunus’s victory shows that standing up for yourself—whether against management or union leaderships—is always the right thing to do.
Send messages of support to Defend Yunus Bakhsh Campaign, c/o 46c Lawe Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2EN
Come to the Thank You social, Friday 20 May, Central Bar, Half Moon Lane, Gateshead, NE8 2AN