UNISON members passed policy in 2014 to ensure our union's NEC monitors known cases of union victimization and to support those activists who are on the front line being attacked.
One such case is Charlotte Monro who, you will remember, found herself on a trumped up charge and eventually dismissed by Whipps Cross hospital trust last year after she alerted her members to the imminent threat of job cuts. For more background to her case see here and here.
So it's incumbent on all of us to show maximum support Charlotte who is still fighting against this injustice with an Employment Tribunal claim (see below). Our national union is quite rightly supporting her case already - but there is no harm in reiterating that support at this crucial time.
We rightly said it was inevitable that more cases like these will occur whilst we continue to resist austerity. So let's make it as difficult as possible to get away with these attacks and show Charlotte as much solidarity as we can.
An injury to her is an injury to our entire union movement and an attack on our beloved NHS too.
So, see you on Tuesday 20th January, first thing in the morning before the tribunal proper starts.
Charlotte Monro's Employment Tribunal has been re-scheduled and will now take place from:
Monday 19th January until Friday 23 January.
The tribunal is expected to go on for five days: we may get a decision on Friday
We plan to hold a support gathering outside the Tribunal venue on TUESDAY 20th January from 09.30 to 10.00.
We aim to make some brief speeches, take some pictures and hopefully be photographed by the press.
It would be great if as many of you as possible could come along to support on the day. The show of support made such a difference to Charlotte last time and was noted by the press.
We have some placards and the Reinstate Charlotte banner.
Please bring Trade Union and campaign banners and placards ....but please no party banners or placards.
The venue is Anchorage House, Clove Crescent, London E14 2 BE
From Docklands Light Railway station East India : Anchorage House is across the bridge which crosses Aspen way.
We suggest assembling at 09.15 as the rally will be short and should be over a little after 10.00 when the tribunal starts.
Thank you so much for your support
The Reinstate Charlotte Campaign