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Council tries to block debate over sacked worker

Issue No. 1981

Council workers in the communications section of Tower Hamlets council in east London struck on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week in defence of Eileen Short, a Defend Council Housing activist threatened with the sack by the council.

Tower Hamlets Respect councillor Oliur Rahman tried to raise Eileen’s case at the full council scheduled for this Wednesday but he was blocked by senior council officers.

“I submitted a motion about the bullying and victimisation of Eileen Short, but I was told by the assistant chief executive Sara Williams that I could not ask questions about a particular council officer,” says Oliur.

“I therefore agreed to delete Eileen’s name and ask general questions about the council’s employment policies and the role and payment of consultants. But I was then told that I could not ask questions that named Verve or Renaissance consultants.”

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 a candlelit march to lobby Tower Hamlets council meeting.

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Sat 17 Dec 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1981
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