Greenwich Council employees strike over "bullying culture"

By Rachel Bishop on May 20, 2014 8:00 AM |

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Greenwich Council occupational therapists are going on strike tomorrow in protest to an alleged "bullying culture" within the authority.

The employees will strike for 24, after a return of a 100 percent vote through Unite, which is the biggest union in the country.

The focus of the strike action will be at the council offices at the Woolwich Centre, in Wellington Street, following alleged 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 - 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."

Greenwich Council refutes the allegations. In a statement it 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.

"We are committed to ensuring that there is no impact on service delivery and are pleased to hear that Unite wish to constructively resolve this. We look forward to meeting with them this week in order to find a resolution."