4 September 2014
We, the undersigned support Claire Lyall’s appeal against dismissal by Social Work Services on 9 July, confirmed by letter on 25 July 2014. We believe that Claire, a Community Worker and UNISON Vice Convenor of the Glasgow Social Work Shop Stewards, has been unfairly sacked by social work management. She was dismissed in her absence, at a hearing that both her doctor and the council’s own medical consultants had advised she was unfit to attend.
The events which triggered the initial investigation wholly related to Claire’s duties as a trade union representative. She was dismissed for a conduct matter whilst on sick leave. UNISON believes this is highly unusual. Claire has nearly twenty years’ service with the council during which time she has never been the subject of a complaint, investigation or disciplinary action.