MP joins outcry over "Dawn Raiders"
LABOUR MP John McDonnell, who is a member of the public service union Unison, has added his voice to the protest over the raids by full-time officials aimed at taking over branch offices and removing elected officers.
The left-wing MPs comments are cited in a press release issued by Unison United Left, the rank and file campaigning group which is supporting Paul Holmes as candidate for general secretary of the union.
Press Release - Dawn raids on UNISON Branches
Unison United Left, the rank and file organisation for members of the UK's largest public sector union today spoke out against the seizure of union branch offices by union staff.
Full time officials from Unison's London Regional Office led teams of staff into branch offices in Bromley and Woolwich in South East London taking control away from locally elected officials.
The Tenant Services authority branch was also placed under regional control.
This action followed the imposition of disciplinary sanctions on four Unison activists, including the Secretaries of the Bromley, Tenant Services and Greenwich branches.
"Evidence in a recent tribunal case shows that the Regional Secretary had wanted these activists suspended two years ago," said a United Left spokesperson, "now the Region is taking control of these branches in a blatant attempt to put in a local leadership who will do as they are told.
" John McDonnell UNISON MP who has consistently spoken up in support of UNISON activists, was outraged at this latest attack and said:
"This is a disgraceful attack on unison members and contrary to union democracy - members should choose their own representatives. It is also an appalling waste of the time and energy of Unison staff and activists at a time when our members face unprecedented job cuts"
Not content with wasting thousands of pounds of UNISON members money witch hunting activists over the last 3 years, UNISON staff are now openly flouting UNISON's own rules
UNISON united left encourages members and activists to voice their opposition to Dave Prentis, General Secretary, and Linda Perks Regional Secretary.
Paul Holmes candidate for UNISON General Secretary said
"This is totally unacceptable. I have raised the issue, as an NEC member for Local Government, as a matter of urgency with the Head of Local Government, Ms H.Wakefield. I can't see how there can be a connection between suspensions relating to incidents over 2 years ago and any need to have raids and to put functioning branches into special measures."
Note to editors.
1. Unison United Left is the rank and file organisation for members of UNISON.
2. Unison United Left believes that UNISON full time officers have breached:
Rule B.2.2 which states that UNISON is a "member-led" Union in which decisions taken by members will be carried out.
Rule B.2.5 which promotes the rights of members to participate in decision-making.
Rule G.3.1 which confirms the rights of members to attend branch meetings
Rule G.4.1.2 which gives members the right to elect the officers of our branches
3. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
4.Paul Holmes is standing for UNISON General secretary more information can be found at www.paulholmeskirklees.blogspot.com