Conference rose to applaud sacked SECC UNISON rep Robert
O'Donnell as he was invited to address Conference. Another
emotional standing ovation followed.
Conference then unanimously passed a motion calling
for Glasgow City Council leadership to urgently meet
with UNISON Glasgow City Branch officials to pro-actively
discuss the situation at the SECC with a view to granting
SECC full statutory trade union recognition and collective
bargaining rights to UNISON and their members.
Earlier in the week the President issued this statement:
UNISON are sorely disappointed that the SECC have
upheld their decision to dismiss Robert O'Donnell
Robert is a gardener for the SECC. He was dismissed
on 25 May 2015. UNISON represented him at an internal
appeal on 10 June. The decision to uphold the dismissal
of Robert O'Donnell for gross misconduct was confirmed
on 12 June.
Conference, we are fully aware of the issues regarding
Robert O'Donnell and I wish to reassure you that we
are providing full support through the regional office
and the branch.
We are also aware that there may be issues regarding
the attitude of the SECC management company towards
the recognition of trade unions. Steps are being taken
to clarify that position.
If it transpires that the management of SECC are anti
trade union then we will use all of our influence with
Glasgow City Council to change that policy.
If, following any intervention with the Council the
policy of the SECC towards trade unions continues to
be unacceptable then regrettably the SECC will have
to be removed from the list of approved Conference venues.
We will also take up the matter with the TUC and STUC
as well as other Trade Unions to encourage them to support