Members of the communications team at Tower Hamlets council are being balloted in the coming week by both the National Union of Journalists and the Unison union over the council’s treatment of Unison shop steward and Defend Council Housing campaigner Eileen Short.
Eileen is facing redundancy after her bosses at the Labour-run council in east London attempted to push her out of her job as press officer.
Private consultants Verve were brought in to review the section of the council where Eileen works. After a two hour interview, Eileen was informed that she had been unsuccessful in applying for her own job, even though she was the only candidate.
A petition for Eileen’s reinstatement to her post as press officer has been launched. Campaigners gathered signatures from council workers outside the town hall last week.
And messages of protest have been flooding in from unions and tenants groups throughout the borough.
According to the council’s own procedures they now have nine weeks in which to redeploy Eileen, or she faces redundancy. Campaigners are arguing for her immediate reinstatement.