The decision to proceed with a disciplinary hearing today (Tuesday 10 May) against Yvonne Mosquito, suspended deputy West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), while her union representative was on holiday has been strongly deplored by Unite, the country’s largest union.
Ms Mosquito had been summoned to answer allegations made by David Jamieson her boss as West Midlands PCC at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner West Midlands in Birmingham.
Unite regional officer Brian Rickers said: “Unite notified the Office of the PCC last week that Caren Evans, the Unite regional officer representing Yvonne, and who has detailed knowledge of this case, was on holiday abroad this week.
“We offered a number of alternative dates for when Caren was back at work – but all these were declined. It is Yvonne Mosquito’s right under s.10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999 to have the union representative of her choice to accompany her to a disciplinary meeting.
“As a result, neither Yvonne nor Unite attended today’s proposed meeting. We deplore the attitude of the PCC’s Office which flies in the face of natural justice and its own rules.
“We are now waiting to receive confirmation of a new date for the hearing. In the meantime we are not aware of what happened at any hearing today, or even if it was convened in our absence.
“Finally, Unite strongly refutes the allegations made regarding Yvonne Mosquito, which have resulted in today’s proposed hearing.”
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- 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.