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Amnesty UK: Job losses on hold after emergency meeting vote

Issue No. 2337

The 40 threatened job losses at Amnesty International UK have been put on hold, for now, after an overwhelming vote at an emergency general meeting.

Over 500 Amnesty supporters attended the meeting. It was called after staff in the Unite union struck three times against the job cuts in the autumn.

The members voted against any “material reorganisation” of the organisation.

Bosses said they won’t implement the new structure, issue “at risk” notices or accept voluntary redundancy requests for the time being.

However motions against the diversion of funding from Amnesty UK to its global operations were not carried, despite more than 70 percent voting in favour.

The decision will have to be ratified at an annual general meeting.

So the jobs are not yet 100 percent safe.

A separate dispute at Amnesty’s international secretariat continues.

Housing charity sacks union rep

Social housing trust Peabody has summarily sacked Unite union rep Teresa Santucci.

She has worked for Peabody for 19 years.

Unite alleges that she was dismissed because she is disabled and for her union activities.

“There is simply no plausible alternative explanation,” said regional officer Nicky Marcus.

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Tue 22 Jan 2013, 17:05 GMT
Issue No. 2337
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