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JANUARY 21, 2020

3,000 emails in support of Birmingham health & safety rep over sacking by drug charity in ‘fire alarm' row

The campaign to reinstate a drug and alcohol worker and health and safety rep sacked for raising concerns with her service manager over fire safety, has received nearly 3,000 emails in support of for her reinstatement.

David Biddle, the chief executive of CGL, a Birmingham substance abuse charity, has been inundated with emails supporting Alison Morris’ reinstatement.

Alison was sacked last month after she pointed out the fire alarms at the charity’s Scala House office in January were not working and Unite members rallied in her support.

Unite activists, colleagues, service users and members of the public have been asked to demonstrate in support of Alison for a second time at Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1 BT on Friday (13 May) between 12:00–14:00.

Unite have lodged an appeal to the sacking and this will be heard on Monday (16 May), as well as lodging an unfair dismissal claim.

Unite said that Alison had reported that a fire officer who inspected the building had told her the building may be closed if the fire alarm problem was not sorted the following day. Senior management argued she said it would close – and this, according to the bosses, constituted as allegedly intentionally misleading management. Unite strongly disputes what the management claimed Alison said and argue that any union rep would have done the same, that CGL workers know that, and they know they could be next for the chop based on a spurious trumped up charge.

Alison was a drugs referral team leader with a 14-year exemplary record working for the NHS and the charity and Unite believes that Alison has been treated unfairly and that her sacking defies all justice. If Alison is not reinstated there is a there is a strong likelihood that an industrial action ballot will be held on this issue.

Further evidence has emerged in a statement from a person who was present in the building, that shows the management of CGL was made aware of the failure of the fire alarm on 25 January, some 24 hours before they started to take any action on the situation, and yet still did not engage with the statutory health and safety reps.

For more information about how you can support Alison please contact Caren Evans, West Midlands Regional Officer, Unite


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