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Occupational therapists to strike over ‘bullying cultu...

Occupational therapists to strike over ‘bullying culture’ at Greenwich council on 21 May

12 May 2014

Occupational therapists (OTs) at Greenwich council, fed up with an alleged ‘bullying culture’, have voted unanimously for strike action on Wednesday 21 May.
 
The therapists, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, will strike for 24 hours, with the focus of the action being at the Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ.

The therapists voted by 100 per cent for strike action over alleged bullying, harassment and the suspension of a work colleague accused of being too friendly with staff.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: "I am extremely proud of the Unite members who have voted to stand up against ‘a bullying culture’.

“We have given the employer every opportunity to deal with the bullying – but it has failed to tackle this issue.

“Even worse, it has victimised the whistleblowers, leading to the suspension on ludicrous charges of one of our members.

“We have designated Wednesday 21 May as a day of action against bullying and harassment in the borough.

“However, Unite’s door remains open for constructive talks to resolve this dispute.”
 
ENDS

For further information please contact Unite regional officer Onay Kasab on 07771 818637 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

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Notes to editors
•    Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.