DEFEND Our NEW INDEPENDENT STRIKE LEADERS
Everyone out to Dennis’s East London Employment Tribunal Hearing 25th – 29th September.
BRING OUR MOVEMENT OF WORKERS & THE COMMUNITY INTO THE STREETS AND INTO THE COURTROOM
We must stop Newham Council from getting away with sacking one of Newham's best known and most effective union and community leaders, Dennis Carabott. Mr. Carabott has worked for Newham Council for sixteen years. He has been a refuse truck driver, team leader and teacher and mentor for new drivers for most of those years. He has an unblemished record of service. He was sacked by Newham Council on blatantly false, manufactured charges of misconduct because he was so successful at fighting for his co-workers as a union leader and for the community he served.
Mr. Carabott played a decisive role in the decision of Newham and Tower Hamlets refuse workers overwhelmingly yes votes on their recent strike ballots despite his termination. Win or lose his employment case, he is ready and eager to lead our upcoming strikes.
Dennis Carabott’s Employment Tribunal case begins on 25th September at the East London Employment Tribunal. The case is slated to go for 5 days. The Newham Strike to Win Committee must win Mr. Carabott’s reinstatement. We need our natural allies to join the fight, including the traders and shoppers at Queens Market who are also fighting against the Newham Refuse and Waste Department managers to save and improve the market.
We can win in court if we are putting the movement back into our strike movement by taking our fight to the streets, to the picket lines and to Newham’s Labour Party Council and Mayor. A win for Dennis is inseparable from the forging and emerging of new leaders for our movement. We need to win Mr. Carabott’s case to send a message to every Tory MP and Labour Party Council that victimising our leaders will accomplish nothing more than the strengthening of our movement.
Dennis’s Tribunal hearing Monday 25th – Friday 29th September, 9.30am onwards, East London Employment Tribunals, Import Building, 2 Clove Cres, London E14 2BE. Nearest station East India DLR.
Read Dennis’s full witness statement at movementforjustice.co.uk
We the undersigned demand that Newham Council:
1. Immediately reinstates Dennis Carabott to his position in Newham Refuse department;
2. Guarantees the future of Queen’s Market. The Queens Market traders should control running the market and deciding on the needed improvement funded by Newham Council.
3. Pledge to build a mass mobilization of supporters at Mr. Carabott’s East London Employment Tribunal hearing from 25th -29th September.
The Reinstate Dennis Carabott Now! petition to Newham Council was written by Anna Pichierri and is in the category Civil Rights at GoPetition.