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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 October 2011
Reinstate Vik Chechi
Oppose victimisation of trade union activist
Messages of support and complaints to management have flooded in following the shock announcement last week that Vik Chechi, the Unison branch secretary of Queen Mary University in east London, was suspended by his employer.
In the few months Vik has been Unison branch secretary, he and other Unison members have re-invigorated the union branch. Union membership has increased, members have turned to Vik for support and representation, and the branch is campaigning against cuts.
Over 100 staff are threatened with redundancy, including 26 in libraries and 43 in medicine and dentistry. The Unison branch has played a leading part in the anti-cuts campaign on campus, uniting students and staff.
Individual Unison members have been horrified at this attack, believing that this is an attempt to prevent the union from fighting effectively against the cuts. If management is successful it will leave staff and students open to bigger attacks in the future. The QM UCU (lecturers' union) branch has pledged full support and many students have come forward to offer to help in any way they can.
The Unison branch committee is holding a meeting of all members to make sure there is maximum involvement of members in any campaign.
- Please continue to send in protests to Vik's employers demanding his immediate reinstatement - Queen Mary University firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Send copies to firstname.lastname@example.org
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In The Socialist 26 October 2011:
Capitalism IS crisis - Fight for a socialist alternative
Prepare for N30 - strike and demonstrate!
Hardest Hit demos - thousands march
Events on 5 + 6 November
Join the Jarrow march for jobs & education - 5 November
Join the fightback - come to Socialism 2011
Socialist Party youth and students
Coventry rally - The Jarrow march is on its way!
Wales takes action to defend young people
Socialist Party workplace news
Tax dodging continues while staff face cuts
Reinstate Vik Chechi
Construction protests continue and Unite declares strike ballot (report with video)
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Building the fightback and building solidarity at Occupy LSX
Electric support for London anti-cuts challenge
Socialist Party news and analysis
10,000 public sector jobs lost in Wales and counting
The whole world in its hands
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Where now for Libya after the downfall of Gaddafi's regime?
Euro crisis - urgent need to build a socialist alternative
Solidarity appeal: Stop Kazakh state brutality
Socialist Party feature
Free schools - Freedom to privatise education
The Socialist 26 October 2011 |
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