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One Housing Group workers strike to defend their union rep

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2407

Unite rep Bryan Kennedy (centre) joins the picket line

Unite rep Bryan Kennedy (centre) joins the picket line (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Workers at One Housing Group in London struck from Friday of last week to Monday of this week.  The Unite union members are angry at the suspension of their steward Bryan Kennedy.

Bryan led a campaign of strikes against pay cuts last year. He was then suspended the day before talks on a new round of attacks.

Striker Mary (not her real name) told Socialist Worker, “The bosses’ main aim is to keep Bryan away. They want to restructure and find ways to get rid of people.” 

Bosses deny that Bryan has been targeted for his union activities. But the case against him keeps changing—of their 14 initial reasons for his suspension, all but two were dropped and another four were added. 

Unite regional officer Nicky Marcus told Socialist Worker, “The real importance of the dispute is that One Housing is an incredibly bad employer. They tried to cut workers’ pay by up to £8,000 while giving CEO Mark Sweeney a pay rise.”

Mary added, “If they can do this to one, they can do it to all. I’m confident we’ll fight until we win.”

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Tue 10 Jun 2014, 20:37 BST
Issue No. 2407
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