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Bromley council faces employment tribunal over allegations of 'victimisation' of Unite rep

PUBLISHED: 14:17 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:32 02 October 2017

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The council is facing two separate victimisation claims

A tribunal will hear allegations of “victimisation” by Bromley council toward a Unite rep next week.

On Monday, an employment tribunal will look at two separate claims lodged in March and June 2016 by Unite against the council’s treatment of Kathy Smith, a council employee and branch secretary of the union.

The hearing at Ashford House is expected to last around three weeks.

Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “This is a very important case that goes to the heart of the legitimate role of a trade union representative in the workplace and the responsibilities they have to represent their members.

“The ET will hear serious allegations of victimisation against our long-standing branch secretary Kathy Smith who stood up against the council’s unpopular privatisation of local government services.

“Unite is, again, putting down a strong marker that it will always stand up against any victimisation of our workplace reps, wherever and whenever it occurs.”

A council spokesman said, “The council has a long history of supporting staff and their representatives. We will, therefore, defend this claim and whilst we will do this the utmost vigour, we will not be commenting further at this time whilst the tribunal is ongoing.”

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