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Tory hard right hatchet men target trade union reps

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A cabal of hard right Tories is at the centre of attempts to witch‑hunt trade union reps for doing their job.
Issue 2287

A cabal of hard right Tories is at the centre of attempts to witch‑hunt trade union reps for doing their job.

The London Evening Standard ran a prominent article this week laying into Julie Davies, a teacher in Haringey, north London.

She has been campaigning against government plans to force local schools to become academies.

Julie is a full time rep for the NUT teachers’ union, representing other teachers and campaigning for their rights.

The Tories want to ban “facility time” arrangements that allow teachers like Julie to represent their fellow workers.

The campaign against facility time is being led by the “Trade Union Reform Campaign” (Turc). This is a group of Tories with links to the Young Britons’ Foundation—whose chief executive Donal Blaney wants to scrap the NHS.

Turc’s patrons include two disgraced Tory MPs. Liam Fox was forced to resign as defence secretary last October over his links to Adam Werritty, a shadowy figure involved in the security industry.

The campaign is led by Aidan Burley MP. He was sacked in December for attending a stag party where his friends dressed up in an SS uniform and drank toasts to Hitler’s Nazis.

Fox had to pay back £22,476 in parliamentary expenses in 2010. In 2009 it was revealed he’d claimed £18,572 for his mobile phone bill. Yet he accuses hard working union reps of wasting public funds.

Workers should give short shrift to Fox, Burley and their pathetic attempts to undermine trade union rights.

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