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The Socialist 21 February 2008

No wage cuts! Fund equal pay

No wage cuts! Fund equal pay


Troops out of Iraq now!


Stop the witch-hunt: Defend the Sheridan 7

Prison officers fight Labour's strike ban

Battle for Shropshire schools goes on

Coventry protests at Widdecombe's attacks

Football: Top of the League for greed


Northern Rock - Labour's reluctant nationalisation

1918-2008: Clause 4 and nine decades of workers' struggles

Record fall in home ownership


London's health care under further attack

Private clinics fail

Hospitals "stacking" patients

Fighting back and building a demo

"Not making sufficient profit"


Universities in crisis: Fees favour the rich

Exeter students fight privatisation

Nottingham defends democracy


Kosovan independence - a dangerous mirage?

Greece: Second general strike in two months

CWI school in Latin America


Science, Marxism and the big bang


It's official - Unison launches witch-hunt on Socialist Party

Socialist gains in Unison branch elections

Collection cuts and bullying equals bin strike!

Victory for council street wardens


Rail pension dispute

Union merger: OILC and RMT

Marching against single status

Solidarity with Pakistan workers

 
 

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It's official - Unison launches witch-hunt on Socialist Party

Onay Kasab, photo Paul Mattsson

Onay Kasab, photo Paul Mattsson

In June last year, the Unison bureaucracy launched a disciplinary investigation into five union officers. This was for daring to print and publish a leaflet attacking the union leadership for blocking the union conference's right to debate issues such as the funding of the Labour Party, the election of full-time officials and control over strike action.

A Unison member

Having done nothing with the disciplinary investigation for seven months, four of the five under investigation have just been informed that they ARE now to face a disciplinary hearing. And guess what? The only members of the five to face action are the four Socialist Party members! (Glenn Kelly, Onay Kasab, Suzanne Muna and Brian Debus).

The four were told in a letter from the misnamed "head of democratic services" that they are to be brought to a hearing. The only problem was, the letter arrived a week before the national executive (NEC) had even met and voted to approve the decision to go to a hearing!

Before disciplinary action can be taken against a member, the NEC has to approve it. But at the NEC meeting on 13 February, the union denied NEC members the right to debate the report and instead moved straight to a vote.

It is now clear that the union are intent on trying to silence the Socialist Party within the union and in the process hope to cow others.

We now call on all Unison members to write to their regional NEC members calling for the hearing to be dropped.

Suzanne is also being 'disciplined' by her employers but she has the full backing of her fellow union members.

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  • In this issue

    No wage cuts! Fund equal pay


    Demonstration

    Troops out of Iraq now!


    Socialist Party news

    Stop the witch-hunt: Defend the Sheridan 7

    Prison officers fight Labour's strike ban

    Battle for Shropshire schools goes on

    Coventry protests at Widdecombe's attacks

    Football: Top of the League for greed


    Socialist Party Marxist analysis

    Northern Rock - Labour's reluctant nationalisation

    1918-2008: Clause 4 and nine decades of workers' struggles

    Record fall in home ownership


    Socialist Party NHS campaign

    London's health care under further attack

    Private clinics fail

    Hospitals "stacking" patients

    Fighting back and building a demo

    "Not making sufficient profit"


    Socialist Students

    Universities in crisis: Fees favour the rich

    Exeter students fight privatisation

    Nottingham defends democracy


    International socialist news and analysis

    Kosovan independence - a dangerous mirage?

    Greece: Second general strike in two months

    CWI school in Latin America


    Socialist Party review

    Science, Marxism and the big bang


    Socialist Party workplace news

    It's official - Unison launches witch-hunt on Socialist Party

    Socialist gains in Unison branch elections

    Collection cuts and bullying equals bin strike!

    Victory for council street wardens


    Workplace news in brief

    Rail pension dispute

    Union merger: OILC and RMT

    Marching against single status

    Solidarity with Pakistan workers


     

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