WORKERS AT Sefton council on Merseyside have voted to ballot for industrial action over the victimisation of two union officials and four shop stewards for opposing privatisation of council housing.
The decision to ballot was taken at a meeting of around 300 members of the Unison union which was held two weeks ago.
The move has the backing of Unison regionally.
Sefton council suspended the six activists, including branch convenor Nigel Flanagan and branch organiser Paul Summers, after they attended a Defend Council Housing (DCH) protest outside a new “transfer shop” in Bootle.
Housing workers and council tenants opposed to privatisation held up banners protesting against stock transfer during the opening ceremony for the “shop”.
Council officials responded by making baseless accusations of “intimidation” and “threatening behaviour” against union activists. DCH activists believe that Sefton council is seeking to break the union’s resistance to the forthcoming housing privatisation.
The suspended activists have the full support of the union, regionally and nationally.
This is an important battle for the right to protest.
It deserves the support of all trade unionists.
Some Labour councillors in Sefton have backed the DCH campaign, and they are now being asked to oppose this victimisations of trade unionists by the council.
Send messages of support to Sefton Unison, 38 Church Road, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 5OL or phone 0151 934 4760