Union rep sacked while at family funeral
Unite rep Ian Allinson was yesterday sacked while taking compassionate leave to attend a family funeral.
Ian Allinson is chair of Unite in Fujitsu and has successfully led a succession of strikes at the company over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps, and breaking redundancy agreements.
A new ballot for further strike action closes today at noon after the failure of talks between bosses and the union, which was seeking to halt the redundancy process for six members, and to address concerns that the company is discriminating against active union members.
Yesterday, while Ian Allinson was attending a funeral, bosses sent him a letter telling him Friday would be his last day.
He told union-news.co.uk: “I’ve got over 30 years service and they aren’t even letting me work my notice. I have an outstanding internal job application they haven’t responded to yet. I feel disgusted and angry. It’s no way to show compassion.”