Unison shop steward and Defend Council Housing campaigner Eileen Short is facing redundancy after her bosses at Tower Hamlets council in east London attempted to push her out of her job as press officer.
“The way Eileen has been treated is a disgrace,” says Mike Sherrington, national organiser for the NUJ journalists’ union, which Eileen also belongs to.
“If she is not redeployed, we will take strong action to defend her against victimisation.”
The council hired private consultants Verve to review the section of the council where Eileen works.
After a two hour interview during her day off, Eileen was informed that she had been unsuccessful in applying for her own job — even though she was the only candidate.
One of Eileen’s colleagues at the council said, “They are trying to squeeze her out, and it’s hard to see any reason other than her involvement in the campaign against selling off council housing in Tower Hamlets.
“The council brought in private consultants to restructure the way the offices are run, and they are trying to claim that after 14 years Eileen is no longer qualified for her job.”
Eileen will be placed on a redeployment list for 12 weeks. It is urgent that campaigners and trade unions act on this issue.
Fax messages of support to 020 7364 5033, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Protest to Christine Gilbert, chief executive, and Councillor Michael Keith, leader of the council