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Sefton council’s weak case shouldn't get a hearing

Issue No. 1975

Council workers in Sefton, Merseyside, were due to join trade unionists from across the region on Tuesday of this week to lobby Sefton council over the victimisation of leading trade union campaigners.

The final phase of the disciplinary panel against Nigel Flanagan, Paul Summers and four other activists with the Sefton Unison union branch was due to start that day. The tribunal is expected to come to a decision by the end of this week.

Sefton council is accusing the six of intimidation after they attended a demonstration against plans to privatise council housing in the borough last May. Workers say the trumped up charges are aimed at dismissing branch convenor Nigel Flanagan.

Meanwhile workers continue their programme of industrial action against the council. Another group of workers — from the highways department—joined the strike on Monday, bringing the total number of strikers to around 80.

Other sections on strike include workers in the finance department involved in paying the council’s bills and sending out invoices. Other workers are due to come out if the victimisation issue is not resolved.

“The action is going really well,” Nigel told Socialist Worker. “We’ve heard of offices having phones cut off and suppliers not supplying goods because the bills aren’t being paid.”

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Sat 5 Nov 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1975
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