Your elected trade union branch reps do a lot of (unseen, voluntary) work on your behalf, but sometimes (& especially when they’re successful) these campaigns and negotiations place them at risk of victimization and bullying from unscrupulous employers.
When this happens it’s our duty to support them – to have their backs as they’ve so often had ours.
- Lee Humber, Ruskin College UCU Membership Sectretary was suspended from work shortly after successfully campaigning for a vote of no confidence in the college principal. The local UCU petition can be found here, and you can read more here.
- UCL UCU Branch Secretary Tony Brown was subject to a disciplinary sanction by UCL for setting up an email list on behalf of union reps. An employment tribunal ruled that “the main purpose of disciplining [Mr Brown] was to penalise him for taking part in trade union activities”, but UCL hasn’t accepted the ruling. You can read more and sign the petition here.