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Racist’ socialist rebels in witch-hunt claim

PUBLISHED: 10:16 13 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:03 25 August 2010

THE country s largest union has been taken to a tribunal by four Socialists who claim bosses conducted a witch-hunt because of their political beliefs.

THE country's largest union has been taken to a tribunal by four Socialists who claim bosses conducted a 'witch-hunt' because of their political beliefs.

UNISON members Onay Kasab, from Greenwich branch, Brian Debus from Hackney, Glenn Kelly, from Bromley and Suzanne Muna from the Housing Corporation branch, started the legal proceedings on Monday at the Central London Tribunals in Holborn after their union found them guilty of racism.

The four, who are all members of the Socialist Party, were banned from the union for a combined total of 15 years on July 24, after an internal disciplinary hearing found them guilty of racism in connection with a leaflet depicting the three wise monkeys.

The leaflet which included the slogan 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' criticised the public service union for ruling out certain topics for discussion at its conferences.

The four were also found guilty of attacking the union's standing orders committee who decide what is debated at its conferences.

Union bosses deemed the three monkeys' image, from an ancient Buddhist proverb, racially offensive on July 16 this year after it was handed on a leaflet at its Brighton conference in 2007.

The four have used The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 to bring the tribunal which started on Monday and is due to finish on Friday.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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