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Eileen Short

Issue No. 1980

The campaign to defend Eileen Short, who is being victimised by Tower Hamlets council for her trade union activity and campaigns in defence of council housing, has stepped up a gear with fellow workers in her section planning two days of strike action.

Tower Hamlets Unison is also now balloting the entire branch on strike action over the council’s unilateral decision to force through a new sickness procedure. The ballot closes on 12 January.

Tower Hamlets communications section staff walked out for half a day in defence of Eileen on Monday of last week. Now they plan to go on strike from Tuesday to Wednesday of next week.

The Tower Hamlets branch of the Unison union, which represents local government workers, has called a rally and protest to defend Eileen on Wednesday of next week, timed to coincide with a full council meeting.

The New Labour controlled council is currently engaged in a bitter battle over its plans to sell off council housing, as well as brewing industrial disputes. It wants to remove Eileen from the post she has held for 14 years and is threatening her with redundancy.

Rally to defend Eileen Short. Assemble 5.30pm, Wednesday 14 December, All Saints Crypt, East India Dock Road, London E14. Nearest station All Saints DLR. Followed by candlelit march to lobby Tower Hamlets council meeting.

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Sat 10 Dec 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1980
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