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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 February 2010
Courts show what side they're on
Once again the courts have shown their class prejudice in the recently-published employment tribunal ruling against the four Socialist Party members fighting the witch hunt in Unison.
Not satisfied with blocking the BA workers' right to strike, a court has now effectively ruled that socialists and Marxists do not have the right to be protected in law from discrimination and harassment in the workplace or in a trade union.
Incredibly the judgement went on to say that the four's beliefs in the right for housing for all and the right of workers to take unofficial strike action were views that were "repugnant in a democratic society" as they were seeking to deprive other individuals of their rights and freedoms by imposition!
Emboldened by the backing of the employment tribunal, the following day the union sent a letter to the four telling them that they have lost their internal appeal against the ban from office that was previously imposed and will now face a mitigation hearing on 24 February.
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In The Socialist 3 February 2010:
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War and occupation
Taliban insurgency, poverty and corruption Brown's Afghan crisis deepens
Chilcot Inquiry: Millionaire Blair has no regrets
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Fight new attacks on London's NHS
Save our A&E!
Youth fight for jobs
Civil service Young workers get organised
Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) activities
No cuts and no fees in further education
Young people blocked from access to education
Socialist Party news and analysis
Council criminalises dissent
Socialist councillors back school's protest
Weak growth - the best that capitalism can offer
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Trade unionist and socialist coalition
Bob Crow launches Portsmouth TUSC
Scottish TUSC steering committee set up
TUSC Coalition sponsors
Socialist Party workplace news
Unison general secretary election: Fighting left challenge needed
Defend the four: Courts show what side they're on
Civil service strike ballot as talks fail
Fujitsu strikers determined to save jobs and pensions
International socialist news and analysis
Sri Lanka: Violent election campaign puts Rajapakse back in power
Tekel workers demand general strike in Turkey
Betrayed - PTSD casualties of war
The Socialist 3 February 2010 |
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