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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 September 2020
Reinstate Tony Smith
Supporters of victimised Unison rep Tony Smith outside his appeal hearing, 15.9.20, photo by Hull TUC (Click to enlarge)
As The Socialist goes to press, sacked Unison rep Tony Smith in Hull has attended his appeal hearing, accompanied by supporters fighting for his reinstatement. Tony is a Unison union activist and was sacked for 'gross misconduct', but in reality he has been victimised for trade union activities.
All of Tony's fellow drivers at the FCC waste disposal plant at Wilmington agreed that Tony made a correct health and safety call, but this was ignored in a blatant stitch up by management. Tony led the successful strike two years ago which won sick pay rights for 2,500 FCC workers up and down the country. See next week's issue for the outcome of his appeal.
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In The Socialist 16 September 2020:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Our lives and livelihoods at stake
Sketch: The rule of six - some guidance from your government
Johnson's brinkmanship over EU deal deepens capitalist splits
Blame politicians, not workers and young people
Capitalist profit and the race to develop a vaccine
'Covid marshalls' must be accountable to communities
Under the microscope
Angry health workers demand 15% now!
NHS workers: "We deserve a fair wage" - 15% now!
Workplace news and analysis
National Shop Stewards Network lobbying for a lead from the TUC
PCS members in DWP reject unsafe extension of hours
Ireland: Debenham's occupier speaks out
London bus drivers begin strike ballot over remote sign-on dispute
Tate workers on indefinite strike hold march and rally
Reinstate Tony Smith
Reinstate Richie Venton
Dispatches from the front: schools need Covid tests!
Covid and the third sector: for public planning, not charity stopgaps
Non-fiction: Left Out - the inside story of Labour under Corbyn
International socialist news and analysis
Egypt: Support for al-Sisi dwindles as his regime increases repression
Nigerian police repress peaceful anti-government protest
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Two weeks to donate: we need your help
Coventry: scrap 'profit before people' hospital parking charges
Covid generation says 'fund our future'
Why I joined the Socialist Party: Tories and Blairites only care about corporate greed
Selling the Socialist
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