Men fight and lose the battle, and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it comes turns out not to be what they meant, and other men have to fight for what they meant under another name. (William Morris - A Dream of John Ball)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Victimisation of a UNISON official

I am sad to learn that Newham Council have suspended UNISON Branch Chair, Michael Gavan.

Michael is a widely respected UNISON activist and the Newham Branch deserve our full support in responding to this attack.

I have today sent the following message to Robin Wales and Chris Wood at Newham Council;

“I am writing to express my disappointment at the decision of the London Borough of Newham to suspend the highly respected Chair of the local UNISON Branch, Michael Gavan.

I hope that you will swiftly reverse this foolish suspension which reflects very badly upon the London Borough of Newham.

This is not the conduct of a progressive twenty-first century local authority and I very much hope that you will seek to restore a constructive relationship with the Newham branch of UNISON.”

I strongly urge all trade unionists to support our brothers and sisters in Newham – copying in the Newham Branch to any correspondence.

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