Greenwich Council workers to strike over 'bullying culture'

Onay Kasab

Onay Kasab

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A group of Greenwich workers will walk out on strike for 24 hours next Wednesday (May 21), complaining of a "bullying culture" at the council.

The occupational therapists, members of the Unite union, voted unanimously to strike over allegations - denied by Greenwich Council - of  bullying, harassment and the suspension of a work colleague accused of being too friendly with staff.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: "I am extremely proud of the Unite members who have voted to stand up against a bullying culture.

"We have given the employer every opportunity to deal with the bullying ヨ but it has failed to tackle this issue.

"Even worse, it has victimised the whistleblowers, leading to the suspension on ludicrous charges of one of our members."

A spokesman said Greenwich Council refuted the allegations.

They said: "This isolated case involves differences between workplace colleagues in one team. No whistleblowers have been suspended.

"The council has carried out an investigation into the issues raised, and a report is being prepared. It would be inappropriate to comment any further pending the outcome." 

They added: "We look forward to meeting with Unite this week in order to find a resolution."

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3:26pm Wed 14 May 14

mouthalmighty says...

Greenwich council has always been full of institutional flavoured bullying.
Greenwich council has always been full of institutional flavoured bullying. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 14

3:42pm Wed 14 May 14

ms day says...

the leader roberts is the biggest bully .ruined this borough knocking down small buisness units to build big shops for profit .some legacy he left .
the leader roberts is the biggest bully .ruined this borough knocking down small buisness units to build big shops for profit .some legacy he left . ms day
  • Score: 14

6:30pm Wed 14 May 14

white rabbit9 says...

All councils are bullies it's how they work.
If you ever find a nice person in a position of power, good luck.
All councils are bullies it's how they work. If you ever find a nice person in a position of power, good luck. white rabbit9
  • Score: -25

10:18am Thu 15 May 14

jeff onions says...

loll
loll jeff onions
  • Score: 1

8:48pm Thu 15 May 14

12pebbles says...

this should be front new s on the front page of the new shopper
this should be front new s on the front page of the new shopper 12pebbles
  • Score: 9

9:46pm Fri 16 May 14

Lincoln continental says...

Greenwich council is appalling. I am familiar with occupational therapists and am a health professional. Amazing that they have stood strong in these circumstances and consider the issues warrant this action. Good on you all.
Greenwich council is appalling. I am familiar with occupational therapists and am a health professional. Amazing that they have stood strong in these circumstances and consider the issues warrant this action. Good on you all. Lincoln continental
  • Score: 2

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