Reinstate Charlotte Monro, end the bullying climate in the NHS

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Charlotte Monro, an Occupational Therapist in the NHS for 35 years, was dismissed last year over trade union activities. Her Union UNISON is supporting her to take her case to employment tribunal claiming unfair dismissal.

"We call on the trust to reconsider its decision to dismiss such a long serving and valued health service worker and union official, and to recognise the impact this has on the wider workforce morale and the reputation of the trust.”
"No employer should be allowed to act in this way."

Dave Prentis
General secretary, UNISON

Concern is growing at a trend by employers to try to silence effective trade union representatives who challenge cuts in the public sector. A culture of bullying and a climate where staff feared consequences if they spoke out was revealed in a CQC inspection of Barts Health NHS Trust, the largest in the country. It is Barts Health that dismissed Charlotte.

We ask you to sign the petition and pass it on as widely as possible. We have to roll back this culture of diktat within the NHS – a culture that is not compatable with care.

In a climate where NHS budgets and services are being cut and contracted out to the private sector, the importance of staff and staff representatives being free to speak out to maintain good quality patient care has been clearly demonstrated by events at Mid Staffs hospital.

Charlotte was sacked over speaking to elected councillors at scrutiny committee about cuts to patient services in her role as a trade union representative, and for liaising with staff affected by proposed changes and job losses, again as a trade union rep. Part way into the disciplinary process, her employers then included a new allegation: that she had failed to declare protest-related convictions from the 1960s and 70s when starting her job 26 years ago.

She has been Chair of her Unison Branch for many years and Staff Side Chair at her hospital Whipps Cross. When Whipps was threatened with closure several years ago she took a leading role in a successful campaign to save it, for which she was later given an award by the Trust Board of the time.

The tribunal is from 23rd to 26th September. As of 23rd September the date of the tribunal is now 19 - 22 January 2015.

For more information see Links: Save our NHS East London and Save Lewisham Hospital


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