Occupational therapists (OTs) at Greenwich council, fed up with an alleged ‘bullying culture’, are gearing up to vote for strike action.
The 11 therapists, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, will start voting on whether to take strike action or industrial action short of a strike on 28 April. The ballot closes on 7 May.
Unite said that the OTs are protesting about alleged bullying, harassment and the suspension of a work colleague accused of being too friendly with staff.
Unite said that her suspension follows a complaint she made about being bullied. It is also alleged that another worker was moved out of the team against her wishes after she, too, complained of the effects of bullying.
The post of the suspended worker was advertised and has now been filled - a clear indication that council bosses are apparently undertaking a sham investigation while she is suspended.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: "Greenwich council should be ashamed of itself for allowing what appears to be a bullying culture to thrive.
“Not only has it failed to deal with complaints of bullying, its managers are now allegedly victimising those who stand up against bullying. Our members have said ‘enough is enough’.
“But we know that the issue is more widespread - workers in adults’ services, where the OTs are based, are also saying that they have suffered bullying - we will not hesitate to take action to support these workers as well."
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.