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From The Socialist newspaper, 27 February 2008
Members protest at Unison witch-hunt
Anger at the expulsion from Unison of the branch secretary Tony Staunton surfaced at the annual general meeting of the Plymouth branch.
The branch secretary and backbone of the Plymouth branch was expelled purely and simply, members felt, for denouncing the union's illogical and damaging link with the Labour Party. Members spoke contemptuously of the manner in which investigators pounced - while Tony was in London, campaigning against cuts in the health service.
This is at a time when Plymouth city council is going on the offensive against its workforce, allegedly sacking people for trivial offences and making open threats that it intends ripping up hard-won terms and conditions.
One member at the annual general meeting questioned the undemocratic nature of the Labour Link. Another member called for those who engineered Tony Staunton's expulsion, to be rooted out of the union.
Plymouth branch is not taking this lying down. A motion calling for Tony Staunton's re-admission to Unison was unanimously passed. This will go to the South West region in May and to the annual delegate conference in June.
Rob Rooney, Plymouth Unison member
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In The Socialist 27 February 2008:
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Editorial: Stop witch-hunts in Unison - defend those attacked!
Trade union activist fights intimidation
Members protest at Unison witch-hunt
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Campaign for a New Workers Party
Building the Campaign for a New Workers' Party
Shelter staff vote to strike
Acas staff ballot for strike
Journalists battle for union rights
Workplace News in brief
International socialist news and analysis
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Pakistan elections: Crushing defeat for Musharraf, landslide for opposition parties
Miliband's extraordinary apology on rendition
Sleaze in Northern Ireland: Keeping it in the family
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Don't let our hospital pay the price for PFI
Explosive mood on gas profits
Fight Devon and Somerset fire cuts
Marching against single status pay cuts
Neither Labour nor Tories will defend public services
Post Office closures
Sheffield buses campaign: 'Saving our services'
The Socialist 27 February 2008 |
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