UCU launches campaign to reinstate sacked rep

Dawn HoldmanUCU has mounted a campaign to reinstate a sacked activist just before Christmas by the University of Liverpool after working there for 28 years.

In December Dawn Holdman – the equalities officer of the University of Liverpool branch of UCU – was dismissed from her role as school administrator in the school of medicine.

Although the university said this was part of a restructure, a job very similar to Dawn’s was advertised externally during the process. UCU believes she was dismissed for her union activities.

Mother of four Dawn was the only member of staff to be made compulsorily redundant in the university’s restructure. The review started in May 2016 and involved 768 staff in the faculty of health and life sciences. Dawn will now lodge a claim with the conciliation service ACAS. If no settlement can be reached within four weeks, she will lodge an employment tribunal claim.

UCU regional official Martyn Moss said: ‘In a restructure involving hundreds of members of staff, Dawn Holdman, an active trade unionist, was the only one made compulsorily redundant. After 28 years’ service to the University of Liverpool it is quite shocking that the institution decided to sack her just days before Christmas.

‘We believe that Dawn has been singled out for her trade union activities and demand her reinstatement. We hope the matter can be resolved by way of negotiations but, if not, we will support her claim to the employment tribunal.”

petition calling for Dawn’s reinstatement has been launched.

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