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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 October 2020

FCC dismiss Unison activist Tony Smith

Tony Smith, photo Phil Culshaw

Tony Smith, photo Phil Culshaw   (Click to enlarge)

Trade unionists and activists will be outraged to hear that Unison activist Tony Smith's dismissal has been upheld by FCC. As previously reported, Tony's dismissal on trumped-up charges was because of his trade union activities. It took nearly five weeks from the appeal to the outcome for FCC to confirm the sacking. Tony has faced the mental torture of not knowing whether he has a job or not. But the time taken reflected that dismissing him was not a simple issue because of the high profile that Tony has in the local labour movement.

Unison will be seeking compensation, and the campaign focuses on Hull City Council to end its contract with FCC.

Mick Whale, Hull Trades Council chair

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Wales 'firebreak' lockdown fails to protect workers

Liverpool lockdown: suspicion and anger

Newcastle lockdown: stress and breakdowns

Leicester lockdown: disillusionment and anger


Unison

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International

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Horrific murder in Paris: fight intolerance and racism!

South Africa: Mass day of action for permanent jobs and a living wage


News

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World capitalism's terrified strategists abandon austerity - for now


Coronavirus

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Oxbridge gets private Covid tests: pool resources to test us all!

Millennials disillusioned with 'democracy'

Under the microscope


Workplace

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Action on Covid transmission in schools now

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Optare workers strike over pay broken 'promise'

Solidarity with Deliveroo Couriers in York


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Socialism 2020: Will you help our finance appeal?

Selling the Socialist: increase in NHS anger

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Kent: Chaotic privatised asylum process

Teignmouth hospital closure threat ... again!


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