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Union boss accused of double standards

PUBLISHED: 11:25 10 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:00 25 August 2010

ANGRY: Onay Kasab.

ANGRY: Onay Kasab.

A TRADE unionist facing disciplinary action for alleged racism has accused his bosses of double standards.

A TRADE unionist facing disciplinary action for alleged racism has accused his bosses of double standards.

Onay Kasab, secretary of Greenwich Unison, could be sacked along with Bromley secretary Glenn Kelly for publishing a flyer depicting the Three Wise Monkeys in June 2007.

The leaflet, published at the Unison national conference, was subsequently banned for being 'racist'.

Yet union chiefs themselves posed for cameras holding banana skins and peanuts last Wednesday to launch a national strike over their latest 'peanuts' pay deal.

Mr Kasab said: "We don't think they're racist, but it's one set of rules for them and another for us.

"Of course what they've done is harmless, yet when we print leaflets with monkeys we face disciplinary action.

"We know a lot of people will complain to the National Office receive will make them realise how ridiculous this all is."

Mr Kasab and Mr Kelly were due to face a three-day disciplinary hearing this Monday but this has been postponed due to the strike planned for next Wednesday nd Thursday.

The Local Government Association offered Unison a 2.45 per cent pay rise deal but members think they should get at least six per cent.

Mr Kelly said: "We're expecting schools and libraries to close. Over 1,000 members will be on strike in Bromley alone. In light of the discovery that MPs spend on average £18,000 on expenses a year, members are to say the least very angry.

"With inflation at four per cent and rising, the 2.45 per cent offered to us is a pay cut."

Greenwich council promised it had plans to keep essential services running.

A spokesman for Bromley council said: "We are writing to those staff affected advising on the implications of taking industrial action."

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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