I have sent this letter to unison head office by next day delivery.
Regarding representation at the Dismissal Sub Committee of the Governing Body at St.Paul’s C of E Primary School, Cross Lane, Salford. M5 4AL
On the 25/02/14 I received a letter summoning me to the above committee to take place on the 6/03/14 because of absence through ill health.
As a paid up member of UNISON I asked my regional office for representation as I felt that I was not being satisfactorily represented in stage one and two. I felt that Diane the representative from Salford Unison was not supporting me but in fact appeared to be supporting in every respect.
I telephoned London Head office in London and explained the situation. The precipitant of the call said she would put me through to the right department. I was transferred back to regional office. I explained my reason for asking for a representative from another area. Mr Steve North (from Salford) rang me and said that he would find me a different represented.
As I had heard nothing from Mr North, on the 5/03/14 I again rang unison head office in London, I reminded them of my previous call. I once again transferred to Regional office and spoke to Anne and was again assured of different representation.
Despite this assurance on the afternoon of the 5/03/14 Mr North again rang me… Mr North at any time represented me in this case. He took it upon himself to contact my head teacher. H took it upon himself to say that, although he wood not be able to say anything , he would represent me at the meeting the next day.
‘I felt completely bamboozled’
I have never met Mr North! I have never discussed the details of my case with him! -- and I have never asked him to represent me!
Early on 6/03/14. I again contacted the head office in London and spoke to Diane explaining that a representative from Salford was not acceptable –yet again I was transferred to the regional office. I spoke to Georgia and for the first time I that I could only have a representative from within Salford.
You will remember that the meeting of the dismissal panel was scheduled for ‘today’ 6/03/14. I had decided to go to this meeting and asked for an adjournment as I had no legal representation. At about 8:45am I received a phone call from Elaine at the Salford office of Unison to inform me that the meeting had been postponed until Monday 10/03/14 as Mr North was unwell.
I am registered Disabled, Diabetic and in constant pain. The additional stress of these events has aspirated my condition. An application for retirement has been made for retirement on ill health grounds on 28/02/14 and is well on the way. The head teacher however has refused to wait for the decision of the Occupational Health Doctor. The Occupational Health doctor has received a copy a health report from my GP and I have an appointment at the Occupational Health for a health assessment 24/03/14.
I am at my wits end. I have been told over the phone that the Dismissal Committee will meet sometime Monday 10/03/14. I am still not legally represented.
I am writing to ask for your help to resolve this very difficult situation.
Iris E Barlow
p.s. I have had no success sending an e-mail to [email protected]
I have tried to get an e-mail address for yourself no one will give it to me.
I have asked them to put me through to you again no success.
I am attending the meeting on Monday with no representation, when you say colleague has that got to be a colleague from the school or can it be a colleague from church (who is also a friend)