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Solidarity needed for Yunus Bakhsh

Issue No. 2265

There are urgent solidarity tasks which every trade unionist and activist can take now to support Yunus Bakhsh.

Unions and campaigners should urge their MPs to sign early day motion 2082.

It “notes that Mr Bakhsh was a long-serving nurse and trade union representative whose unfair dismissal was found to be a result of trade union victimisation and disability discrimination;

“Deplores the refusal of the Trust to agree to Mr Bakhsh’s reinstatement in line with the order of the Employment Tribunal;

“Further notes that Mr Bakhsh incurred considerable expense arranging legal representation; Calls on the Trust to pay his legal costs; and further calls on the Secretary of State for Health to investigate the conduct of the case by the Trust and the expenditure of hundreds and thousands of pounds of public money in a failed attempt to justify the victimisation of a trade union official.”

Told by the Unison union he had no case, Yunus was left to finance his case alone.

This has left him with a huge legal bill. Due to the actions of the Trust he is now left facing a lifetime of debt and even losing his pension simply for fighting victimisation. It would be a terrible injustice if having won so comprehensively he is left with nothing.

Despite the Trust’s refusal to obey the court order he is continuing to press it to accept the ruling and pay his costs, and for full compensation for his losses. He is now in urgent need of funds

A number of union branches and senior union officials sent cheques to Yunus’s fund. He was a member of Unison for over two decades, serving with honour on the union’s national executive and its health service group executive—winning with an extraordinary 86 percent of the vote in 2006. He was expelled after accusations from sources which have now been utterly discredited.

Yunus constantly reiterated his hope that he would be reinstated in the union—as should have happened after he won his Employment Tribunal.

Yunus went to this year’s Unison conference to reinforce that message.

However, it has become clear that the union leadership has absolutely no intention of allowing him back, despite thousands of union activists signing a petition demanding they allow him back in.

Believing that he was about to return to work last month, and needing to be a member of a union, he decided to apply to Unite. Unite has accepted him and is now giving him support. “It’s great to have a union that is backing me,” says Yunus. Joining Unite was not a political choice: it was forced upon him.

Email protest meesages to the Trust chief executive

Send donations and request standing order forms by writing to: Defend Yunus Bakhsh Campaign, c/o 46c Lawe Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2EN

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Tue 16 Aug 2011, 17:55 BST
Issue No. 2265
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