Unite regional officer Miles Hubbard said today (Monday 10 May): “Unite was completely justified in standing by our members over allegations that a number of councillors had waged a systematic and sustained campaign of bullying and harassment against staff employed by Attleborough Town Council. We stood by them then and do so now.

“It is the legitimate role of a trade union to defend its members when they raise serious allegations.

“We note that the complaints of bullying of our members have never been satisfactorily resolved by the town council. In fact, the statement issued by the council says they have decided not to even investigate. To refuse to even investigate leaves a stench of political interference which won’t go away. 

“In the meantime, we understand that Attleborough Town Council has paid the two councillors, who threatened libel proceedings, thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money.

“Unite believes that there are serious questions to be asked of the town council as to why they approved such large sums being paid to the two councillors which needs bringing to the attention of the relevant regulatory authorities.”

In February 2020, Miles Hubbard wrote to the town council chair Cllr Tony Crouch complaining that Unite members had described “a systematic and sustained campaign of bullying and harassment.

“The council is obliged to fulfil a duty of care towards all of its employees, and it seems that it is failing in this regard.” 

ENDS 

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