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Defend Len Hockey

Issue No. 2288

Workers employed by Initial at Whipps Cross Hospital in East London protested last week against an attack on Len Hockey, a porter and their joint Unison branch secretary.

He faces a disciplinary investigation for meeting with his own members.

Len has worked at the hospital for 23 years with an unblemished record. He helped to build a strong branch that took two rounds of strikes to secure the same pay and conditions as NHS workers for low paid porters, domestics and switchboard staff.

This led to national recognition when the branch won first prize for organising and recruitment.

Members see that the attack on Len is designed to weaken the union as members face cuts in jobs and grades.

As one domestic worker told Socialist Worker, 'Len has always been there for us. That is why they are going for him.'

Union members were sent a letter critical of Len, signed by a Unison official. But this did not deter members from joining the protest to make it clear they stand by Len.

Please send protests at the threat of disciplinary action to the employer, Initial, at [email protected] and to Whipps Cross Hospital Trust, [email protected]. Send copies to London Unison region at [email protected] and [email protected]

with a note to say you expect them to vigorously defend Len

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Sat 4 Feb 2012, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2288
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