Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/820/19034

From The Socialist newspaper, 31 July 2014

Housing under attack: build the resistance

Reinstate Bryan Kennedy

Housing workers fight back

Bryan Kennedy, victimised Unite union rep at One Housing Group (OHG), was sacked by letter on 17 June having been suspended by his employer back in February. The Unite housing branch has rallied behind him, took strike action to demand the lifting of his suspension, and is now campaigning for his reinstatement.
Bryan spoke to the Socialist about his sacking:

"They [OHG] had a raft of allegations at the beginning, some of which were total nonsense - bullying, coercion, fraud, etc, for which there was no evidence.

I had an investigation meeting - six hours, no break, 178 questions! You'd get a better deal from the police!

They went through every email, every bit of paper in the office. After going through all of that, all the slanderous allegations, they've ended up with: 'leaving papers on my desk', 'not signing enough health and safety forms', and 'inflating people's performance scores' as I'm a key manager.

There's also the catch-all one they use for union reps in particular - 'breach of trust and confidence'.

They've got form on this sort of thing before. In 2009 they took over a big swathe of council properties in Tower Hamlets and they quite publicly sacked a Unison rep. Another Unison rep was sacked last year - one of the charges against him was 'papers on his desk'."

What is the background to your sacking?

"I first became a rep in March 2012. In April, they announced pay cuts for 300 staff.

I had worked in my post for ten years. I had studied the accounts in detail. I knew that they were making quite a healthy surplus. I made a very basic economic argument - the money was there.

Even with only 30 members, we managed to trigger a delay to the pay cut and the argument was effective.

We went out for eleven days of strike action. The union was growing, people were enjoying the idea of taking action. OHG came up with some proper money.

This was a process that started in April 2012 - we concluded in November 2013. They claimed it has cost them 2.3 million more than they expected to pay.

OHG do not like any independent voice within the organisation that they do not control - that can be a union rep or a tenants' organisation.

We protested outside the headquarters on 23 April. We protested outside the staff conference in May. We called strike days, 6-9 June.

I was getting some very shirty emails saying 'we don't like what the union is circulating'. They wanted the union to stop saying the suspension was union related. If you look at the hundreds of pages - I've never seen a disciplinary process like it, all sorts of crazy allegations - the union is mentioned all the way through it. Some things like petitions and other things that I've had no involvement in are included in the claims. They gave the game away. It's all union related. There was an absolute change of attitude with the pay dispute."

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 31 July 2014:


Middle East

No more carnage in Gaza - Mass struggle to end the siege - Stop Israeli state terror

Gaza in crisis - Mass action needed to stop bloodshed

Thousands march against slaughter in Gaza


Socialist Party feature

WW1 - 100 years since the great slaughter


Socialist Party

Obituary: Dave Boyes

Socialism 2014: Ideas to change the world

Socialist Party news


Socialist Party news and analysis

Economic recovery - so where's our share-out?

Student loan sell-off plan scrapped

More police spying revelations

Miliband needs a makeover... ...of his party and his politics

Them & Us


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

10/hr Now! Because the bills keep coming and the rent won't wait!

Tolpuddle martyrs rally

And now for something completely different... a barricaded cinema

Hackney tenants get organised

Solidarity with Birmingham student occupiers

Southampton: Channel 4's Immigration Street condemned

Rugby League: Have Featherstone fans got their club back?


Socialist Party workplace news

Passport Office strikes for jobs and decent pay

Reinstate Bryan Kennedy

The games that Glasgow Labour plays

Doncaster Care UK workers striking for 2 weeks

Workplace news in brief


 

Home   |   The Socialist 31 July 2014   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Housing:

triangleA-level results day 2020: Fight for our future!

triangleHousing crisis: what now and after the pandemic?

triangleTV: Ross Kemp - Living with Forced Out Families

triangleUnite: elect fighting socialist reps

triangleThe Socialist inbox

Union:

triangleEngage for Change Hull - trade union youth festival goes online

triangleUnite union branch pledges to support socialist candidates who oppose cuts

triangleWorkplace news in brief

trianglePCS union: Reject longer DWP opening hours

Pay:

triangleSocialist Party & Unison NEC member Hugo Pierre (centre), alongside others, taking part in the 8 August health workers' protests for a 15% pay increase. Photo Sarah SE

triangleCampaign stalls on jobs, pay, NHS and racism

triangleWhat would socialist universities look like?

Strike:

triangleOppose BT site closures - national strike ballot needed

triangleIran: Renewed wave of protests and strikes

Unison:

triangleHugo Pierre for Unison general secretary

Unite:

triangleI joined the Socialist Party to fight back

Bullying:

triangleVote yes to Royal Mail strike action to take on the bullying bosses

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

5/8/20

NHS

'First you clap us then you slap us'

5/8/20

Young Socialists

Young Socialist day of action

5/8/20

Socialist Party

Campaign stalls on jobs, pay, NHS and racism

5/8/20

Black Lives Matter

North London: Socialist Party speaks at BLM protest

5/8/20

Hull

Engage for Change Hull - trade union youth festival goes online

5/8/20

Socialist Party

Why I joined - Covid changed my outlook

5/8/20

Socialist Party

Socialist Party meetings: Online and in-person

5/8/20

Young Socialists

A-level results day 2020: Fight for our future!

5/8/20

Caerphilly

GE Aviation workers march to save jobs

5/8/20

Trotsky

80 years since the murder of Leon Trotsky rally

5/8/20

BAME

Fighting to end racism and capitalism

5/8/20

Doncaster

Doncaster: Vigil for murdered women

5/8/20

The Socialist

The Socialist summer schedule

5/8/20

Unite

Unite union branch pledges to support socialist candidates who oppose cuts

5/8/20

BT

Oppose BT site closures - national strike ballot needed

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999