|Solidarity Reps work to win cases for members on all kinds of workplace issues. Here is a sample of our recent cases.|
Getting a reasonable adjustment
A member who suffers from a medical condition was running into trouble with her manager for repeated sickness absences. Using the Company’s absence procedures, it looked like the member would be forced out on medical grounds or simply on a failure to work.Solidarity asked the member to contact her GP to see if her condition was in reality a disability. Her GP confirmed that. The Union pointed out that the Equalities Act expects disabled employees to be offered a ‘Reasonable Adjustment’ i.e., allowing or offering a way of working or specific equipment that will allow the employee to perform to the best of their ability. In this case the equipment as set up was aggravating a medical condition leading to sickness absence.
Adjustments (which were reasonable for both the individual and company) resolved the problem.
Assault allegation kicked out
A Solidarity member in the NHS was accused of assault. She was told it could amount to gross misconduct and he could lose his job. It became clear at the disciplinary that the hearing Chair had inappropriately spoken to witness. Our Rep pointed out this procedural flaw which resulted in the sanction being downgraded to a warning. On appeal our Rep was able to get the warning thrown out.
Accused of sexual harassment but mitigating factors put forward
In another NHS case a member was accused of sexual harassment of a patient. He was told he could lose his job. Our Rep, however, was able to point out mitigating circumstances and the insight practiced by the member with the result that the member received only a warning.Half pay on sickness restored to full payA member was moved onto half pay during a sickness absence caused by the inaction of management in dealing with work stress. Solidarity was able to persuade the company to pay full pay in back pay for the period in question.
Attempts to kick out a discrimination case foiled
An attempt to kick out a discrimination claim on behalf of a member at a Preliminary hearing was foiled by our General Secretary. An attempt to say that the wrong company had been named as the employer was abandoned by the Barrister representing the employer as a result of evidence of the links between the various companies involved. The Barrister had to clarify which company was the employer and to accept the substitution of their name on the paperwork. The case will now go forward to a five-day tribunal hearing unless a settlement can be agreed.
This Saturday is shaping up to be a big day of resistance, with 175,000 workers set to strike across the country. The strikes come in response to the Tories’ declaration of intensified class war in their mini-budget last week, which included plans to break unions and push for wage cuts.
Marches and rallies are planned in around 30 cities and towns, there will be plenty of opportunities for solidarity on the picket lines.
Patrick Harrington, the general secretary of Solidarity union said: “In response to the Tories’ declaration of intensified war on ordinary workers in their mini-budget last week and the below inflation pay offers (pay cuts), 175,000 workers across the country are set to strike this Saturday. With marches and rallies planned in around 30 cities and towns, this could be one of the biggest showings of the power of ordinary workers strength in recent years. I urge every decent person to stand with the strikers by attending the demonstrations and picket lines.”
If we want to win, we need more strikes, escalating strikes, and united strikes that fight to win. This is just the beginning – let’s make it a day to remember! Only then can we hope to put an end to this declaration of war on workers. Saturday promises to be a big day – let’s make it a step forward in the fight for our collective future.
It’s time to take to the streets.
On October 1st, get out to the following locations to support the strikes and the five demands of Enough is Enough.
12pm, Kings Cross station, N1 9AL
12pm, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RN
12pm, St. George’s Plateau, L1 1JJ
10am, Leeds Train Station, LS1 4DY
12pm, buchanan street steps, G1 2NG
12pm, Birmingham New Street Station, B2 4QA
12pm, Square in front of Knights Templar, BS1 6DG
11am, Cardiff Central Library, CF10 1FL
11am, King Street near Last Pub Standing, nr1 1pd
11am, Nottingham train station, NG2 3AQ
12pm, Grey’s Monument, NE1 7AN
12pm, Queens Garden, HU1 3FA
10am, Guildhall square, PO1 9ST
12pm, Plymouth Guildhall, PL1 2BJ
10.30am, Royal Mail, Short street, SS1 1AA
11am, HASTINGS STATION, TN34 1BA
12pm, Stanney Grange Community Centre, CH65 9HE
1pm, St. George’s Square, HD1 1LA
11am, Royal Mail, Fenton Street, LA1 1AA
12.30pm, The Orange Grove, BA1 1EE
11.30am, Devonshire Green, S1 4GT
2pm, War Memorial, ME7 1HL
1pm, high row opposite post house wynd, DL3 7LP
12pm, Flag Market, PR1 2AP
12pm, 110 Blackness Road, DD1 5PB
11am, Marischal college, AB10 1AB
10am, Network Rail Depot, Stoke Road, ST4 2QH
12pm, Royal Mail, Hatherton Street, WS1 1AA
1pm, Canterbury Baptist Church, CT1 1UT
12pm, Town Hall, George Street Luton LU1 2BQ
BLACKPOOL (FRIDAY SEPT 30)
7PM, Bootleg Social, 30 Topping St, FY1 3AQ
11am, Brighton Train Station, BN1 3XP
11AM, The Obelisk, Broad Walk, CM20 1HA
11am, King’s Statue, DT4 7AN
12pm, Eastbourne Library, BN21 4TL
11am, Shentall Gardens, S40 1LW
10.30AM, Waverley Bridge, EH1 1BQ
More cities and towns to come. Non-listed locations by Friday are asked to assemble at their local picket line at 12pm.