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Support grows for trade unionist

by Anindya Bhattacharyya
Issue No. 2275

Left wing Labour MP John McDonnell has given his backing to the campaign to reinstate victimised trade unionist Abdul Omer Mohsin.

McDonnell will visit the protest outside Abdul Omer’s employment tribunal, which is due to start on 7 November.

He has also issued a statement urging trade unionists to support the campaign. “We need trade unionists like Abdul Omer if we are to protect our members’ jobs, wages and conditions,” it says.

Pete Firmin, president of Brent trades council, has also spoken out to support Abdul Omer. “Management will always try to weaken our ability as workers to defend and improve our jobs and conditions,” he said.

“By sacking union activists like Abdul Omer they hope to undermine those efforts.”

Abdul Omer was sacked over a year ago after he helped lead an equal pay campaign for London bus drivers.

The Unite union’s London and Eastern region has also helped out Abdul Omer’s campaign this week. They sent him a cheque for £2,000 towards his hardship fund and have agreed to provide legal representation at the tribunal.

Donations to Mr A I Omer, Barclays, account 20408859, sort code 20-69-15. Copies of Unite branch cheques should be sent to Peter Kavanagh, Unite, Woodberry, 218 Green Lanes, London N4 2HB. Email Abdul at

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Tue 25 Oct 2011, 17:45 BST
Issue No. 2275
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