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Sacked for being run over?

Issue No. 1972

Tower Hamlets council in east London is attempting to sack a parking attendant and union rep who was hospitalised after being run over by a driver trying to avoid a ticket.

Kevin Travers, who is a Unison union steward, last week lost his appeal against an official final written warning for taking too much sick leave.

Tower Hamlets sickness procedure means that if Kevin takes just one day off due to illness in the next 18 months he can be fired.

Kevin was given the warning after taking time off to recover from being nearly killed by a motorist trying to evade a parking ticket.

He was certificated sick for three months due to the very painful injuries he received.

Unison has made an employment tribunal application for trade union victimisation, which will be held in January. Further legal advice is also being sought.

Branch health and safety officer Adrian Grieves says, “These final written warnings for being hurt for doing your job are disgraceful. The message this sends to all of us who provide a front line service is that if you get injured at work, senior management will try to sack you.”

An emergency motion was passed at the Unison branch committee last week which calls for a strike ballot if Kevin is attacked any further.

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Sat 15 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1972
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