19 January 2015
Charlotte Monro, an Occupational Therapist in the NHS for 35 years, was
dismissed last year over trade union activities. Her Union UNISON is
supporting her to take her case to employment tribunal claiming unfair
Concern is growing as a trend by employers to try to silence effective trade
union representatives who challenge cuts in the public sector.A culture of
bullying and a climate where staff feared consequences if they spoke out was
revealed in a Care Quality Commission inspection of Barts Health NHS Trust,
the largest in the country. It is Barts Health Trust that dismissed Charlotte.
In a climate where NHS budgets and services are being cut and contracted out
to the private sector, the importance of staff and staff representatives being
free to speak out to maintain good quality patient care has been clearly
demonstrated by events at Mid-Staffs hospital.
Hundreds of staff are being down-graded and services across East London (as
the rest of England) are being cut. As Unison Branch Chair, Charlotte raised
concerns of staff over the impact of cuts on patient care withWaltham Forest
Health Scrutiny Committee, and discussed job cuts with staff who would be
For this she has been sacked! Late in the process allegations over protest
related convictions form the 1960s/ 70s were added. Charlotte has been Chair
of her Unison for many years and Saff Side Chair at her hospitalWhipps Cross. WhenWhipps was threatened with closure several years ago she took a
leading role in a successful campaign to save it, for which she was later given
an award by the Trust Board of the time.
There will be a solidarity gathering outside her re-scheduled employment tribunal at 9.30am prompt next Tuesday 20 Jan, Anchorage House, Clove Crescent , London , E14 2BE .
Download the flyer pdf here
From Docklands Light Railway station East India, Anchorage House is across the bridge which crosses Aspen way. Messages of support can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org There is a petition to sign here: