Thursday, 6 September 2007

Solidarity showing its teeth - Update

The following is a report received at the Green Arrow, with regards to the political persecution of teacher and ex-serviceman, Mr Mark Walker for his political affiliations to the British National Party. It makes for depressing reading and shows just what Solidarity, the only patriotic trade union is up against in its fight for justice and Mark....................

Following a call by the campaign group Civil Liberty with backing from Solidarity, the British Workers' Union; Mark Walker's supporters began to gather outside the gates of the Sunnydale school from 8:00am.

The popular teacher, who has taught in Sunnydale for the past twelve years, attracted support from local parents and pupils at the school. As this was the first day of the new term, only the new intake of year seven pupils came to school at ten o'clock.

The demonstration was deliberately kept low key. It was a Monday morning and many other potential supporters were at work. Twenty supporters turned up around 8:00am. As the morning progressed, the number of supporters grew to approximately one hundred.

The local police kept a low profile. Two constables kept a professional but relaxed eye on the proceedings. As the numbers of supporters grew, another two constables turned up. At the police's request, Mark's supporters quietened down around 10:00am when the new intake of first year pupils began to arrive. Naturally Civil Liberty and Solidarity were happy to co-operate with reasonable requests from the police.

Mark Walker's meeting with the School Head, Sue Byrne, was scheduled to begin at one o'clock. As Mark Walker and his union representative, Patrick Harrington arrived at the school gates a big cheer rose from the crowd. There were backslaps for Mark and Patrick as they were greeted by a noisy chorus of whistles, airhorns, bells and personal alarms. Three cheers were called for Mark to unanimous approval from the crowd. He was presented with a bouquet of flowers from a well-wisher in he crowd.

Mark Walker spoke through a megaphone to thank everyone gathered there for their magnificent support. Patrick Harrington told the crowd that he hoped for an amicable solution. The school's function was to educate the community and improve its results. He and Mark were going into the meeting with Ms Byrne in a hopeful mood.

After an unexplained delay and a brusque reception the two men were ushered in to a meeting with Sue Byrne and the head of Mark's Design and Technology Department. At the outset Patrick Harrington questioned Ms Byrne's impartiality in dealing with Mark Walker's case as he had launched a grievance procedure against her for her handling of his case. He urged her to delegate her role in this meeting to another senior member of staff given the conflict of interest and likelihood of prejudicing the case in hand. Her only response was 'Why should I?' The meeting then went ahead under Ms Byrne.

The Solidarity union representative gave Ms Byrne a list of twenty questions which she said she would answer at the end of the meeting. She wanted to press ahead with her own points first.
Ms Byrne then produced a series of documents that that not previously been disclosed to Mark or his Solidarity union representative prior to the meeting. She raised new points unrelated to the allegations that Mark and his representative had been notified of and had come prepared to answer. Patrick Harrington accused her of underhand ambush tactics. Ms Byrne had gone outside recognised procedure. He advised Mark not to answer any questions raised on these newly produced issues..

Patrick raised his concerns to Ms Byrne regarding Mark's mental wellbeing given the severe stress that she had pub him under. She sat stoney-faced in the face of this appeal to her better nature.

Patrick accused her of having a lack of respect for Mark's union, Solidarity. She went into a long diversion telling the two men that they should not speak to the press. This was rich, given that she had herself spoken to the local Sunday Sun the previous day. Patrick told there that he would speak to whoever he liked without seeking permission from Ms Byrne as was his right under Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

She had permitted a meeting to take place on the school premises to call for Mark Walker to be sacked. She had allowed a rumour mill to get under way with a number of false allegations against Mark Walker. She had been quoted in the previous day's Sunday Sun that it was 'utterly false' to suggest that Mark was being picked on because of his political affiliations. Nevertheless she had questioned Mark about his candidacy for the British National Party in the last local government election. At this meeting Patrick noticed that she had a copy of Mark's BNP election address in the file on the desk in front of her.

Ms Byrne then cut the meeting short by announcing that she had made a decision. She would refer the case to the School governors. She would be recommending that the governors take disciplinary action against Mark Walker for 'gross misconduct' (a sacking offence). The union representative asked her if this meant that the meeting was over if she had made a decision.

Patrick reminded Ms Byrne that she had not answered his questions and representations prior to making this decision. She offered to answer them at this late stage but Patrick told her that this was farcical. It was too late now as she had already announced her decision. He asked, 'What kind of a process is this we're involved in?'

The two men left the meeting in disgust at this arrogant demonstration of high-handedness and pettiness.

An example. Mark Walker had been given a bouquet of flowers by a well wisher as he entered the meeting. He had intended to give them to his wife later on but was so upset by Ms Byrne's pigheaded arrogant attitude that he left them behind. Did the petty Ms Byrne contact Mark to return his flowers? No she didn't. It's a small matter but it speaks volumes about this woman's mentality and attitude towards Mark Walker.


Celtic Morning said...

After reading this report I am reminded of the case of a friend who attended a court hearing when he was charged with harrassment offences against a Homosexual Labour mp ,Chris Bryant (Rhondda)who is famous for posing in his y fronts on the internet and his disgusting behaviour in homosexual clubs where he is said to have "pleasured" many strangers.At the trial it was discovered that a Stipendiary magistrate and barrister had been brought in from Cardiff and my friends solicitor told him that he had been set up and stood no chance.His words were "This is a turkey shoot- and you are the turkey." Needless to say the case went against him.He refused to pay the fine and eventually went to prison for his principles. He has still not paid the fine and the maggot Bryant continues to represent the once-proud and sensible mining valley,now descended into all sorts of life style problems, mainly due to drugs and unemployment. I hope our union and the teacher get proper justice but fear that once again, the turkey shoot is well under way. Its British "justice" in this day and age and I am afraid it will be many years before I can once again claim to be proud to be British.

The Green Arrow said...

Chin up Celtic. We are the True Brits, not the rubbish you are on about. The are as alien to me as the turnips.

Aberdeen Patriot said...

This head Mistress really must be a communist bsupporter. basically she is trying to sack someone for nothing. I know the BNP do not like marching but its getting near time to show our backing for this poor chap. This school is well out of order, and would have this happened to a Gay teacher who was looking at a gay site. No it would not. This is no more than bullying by someone in power, and rather than have the guts to admit a mistake she has dug her marxist heels in. She looks like a right fool now and she must go as surly any decnt member of staff cant have any confidence in her.

dizzyfatplonka said...

'Why should I' has often been the line I have felt like taking with establishment and management arrogance but im proud to see that solidarity is playing by their rules showing them up for the arrogant sods they are!

Anonymous said...

Solidarity has acted in a very reasonable way. It has simply argued the case for Mark and protested in a peaceable, law-abiding fashion.

I was sad to read that members of Unison were sacked recently for looking at Ebay at work. It is part of a worrying trend. Employers do nothing to block sites then discipline people for looking at them! Often their rules are not applied generally but only against those whose face doesn't fit. The Solidarity leadership has issued advice to its members not to use the Internet during working time for any personal purpose. I think that we should all be aware that Internet use at work will be monitored and logged. Don't hand your employer the excuse to try to sack you!

I'm sure that our Union will fight tooth and nail for Mark but prevention is better than cure!