"IT'S A clear victory. It shows we were right, that our sacking was victimisation." That's how Pat Maughan summed up the employment tribunal victory of himself and fellow Glasgow council UNISON shop steward Iain Fergus.
The two worked in the council's social work department. They were sacked last year after showing solidarity with a colleague, Roddy Slorach, who faced disciplinary action by the New Labour council. Pat and Iain argued their sacking was victimisation but national UNISON told them their case was "unwinnable".
UNISON also said they would not receive funding to take the case to a tribunal. Last week's tribunal success shows they were right to fight. The tribunal ruled the council should reinstate Pat and Iain. The council says it wants to wait to see the full text of the tribunal's report. But over 100 stewards at a branch committee meeting of Glasgow UNISON last week voted unanimously to demand the council immediately reinstates the two.
The meeting also agreed to write to national union leaders demanding they pay the costs of the tribunal case. Activists are collecting signatures demanding a special council-wide union meeting to discuss a strike ballot unless the council reinstates Pat and Iain.
RODDY SLORACH is set to face another disciplinary hearing next month.
This is his appeal against his expulsion from UNISON by the union's leaders in a clear case of political victimisation. Roddy received a boost recently when he was re-elected as the union convenor in the social work department by his fellow shop stewards.
A MASS meeting of social workers was due to take place this week to discuss the payments workers get for using their cars for work. The workers are refusing to use their cars for work until the matter is resolved.