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Defend Sam Buckley – Don’t stand for the victimisation of union reps! 12/08/2010

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I bumped into Sam in London recently and since, our branch has passed a motion of support for Sam and other victimised reps at his branch through the BEC. Members wanting to know more should contact the Branch Secretary by email.

Some members of the BEC are also keen that a ballot for industrial action should be taken over this kind of union-bashing. If we don’t take a stand over this kind of victimisation, we will lose the strength in the unions that we have. The privatised CMEC, once CSA, has a reputation for a brutal management regime and this only goes to prove that members must show their strength.

From PCS.org.uk:

Defend Sam Buckley – Defend the Union

4 August 2010

Sam Buckley the Branch Secretary of CSA Hastings was dismissed on Friday 9th July on grounds of inefficiency following a period of capability action.

PCS is clear that other options were available to the decision maker and were appropriate. PCS will give full support to Sam in pursuing an appeal against dismissal through every available avenue.

Sam’s sacking must be seen in the context of what has happened to many other branch officers in Hastings CSAC. Incredibly Sam is the fifth branch officer in a little over two years to face dismissal in circumstances which PCS believes to be related to their trade union role.

In two of these cases, Eddie Fleming, dismissed, and Winston Resalsingh, re-instated on appeal, it is impossible for anyone to argue that the disciplinary action was not due to carrying out their duties for the members who elected them. In the others it is plain that their treatment was directly related to holding elected office in the trade union.

This is an appalling record of attacks on the union with no comparison elsewhere in PCS in the civil service, public or commercial sector.

In line with the decision of our annual delegate conference, PCS has provided legal advice as required and approached experts through the Institute of Employment Rights to undertake joint work to examine the current state of UK law, protection that theoretically exists through the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and opportunities for joint campaigning to expose and challenge instances of victimisation with other unions particularly those operating in industries where many trade unionists have been victimised and witch-hunted in the past.

The DWP Group Executive Committee is providing support to Sam and the other branch officers on a continuing basis. This will include additional support to take the campaign against victimisation forward and to maintain good service to all members.

March and rally

There will be a march and rally on Saturday 18 September backed by PCS and Hastings and District Trades Council which will assemble at 1pm at Hastings Pier before moving off along the seafront at 1.30pm and marching to the town centre for a rally with speakers. All branches, especially those in London and the South East are asked to get as many members as possible to attend

Messages of support

All branches are also asked to send messages of support toswpsam@hotmail.com and to the branch at PCS, CSA, TU Room B1F, Ashdown House, Sedlescombe Road North, St Leonards on Sea. TN37 7NL.

By standing up to these attacks on the union we will make clear to CMEC our intention to defend our reps and members.

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