Democracy at stake in Hammersmith & Fulham
Barnet UNISON members who attended our branch meeting last month heard speakers from Essex and Hammersmith describe what was happening in their boroughs.
These Branches were invited because Barnet, Hammersmith and Essex are often quoted together as possible pilots of what council services will look like under a Cameron government.
What is happening in all three boroughs is very different which is why I am shocked to report that three branch officers including the
The issue has been brought to Parliament through an early day motion
See link below
Please encourage your local MP to sign this motion.
The next five years are going to provide very challenging for staff working in public services. Our country has a proud record about democracy and belonging to a trade union is one of them. Trade Unions must be allowed to represent the views of their members. Attacks on trade union reps are an attack on democracy and must be condemned.
The response from local UNISON branches, General Secretary and the region swiftly brought the suspension to an end.
I fully expect to hear news that a similar response both nationally and regionally will bring an end to the de-recognition and allow the democratically elected UNISON officers to carry out their legitimate duties to represent their members.
I can report that UNISON members are currently being balloted on industrial action in response to the dismissal and re-engagement on inferior contracts.
I will ask for an update from the branch.