Branch Secretary : suz.muna.unite@gmail.com
  

Bryan Kennedy Hearing Postponed - But Not the Protest!

One Housing Group has today postponed Bryan Kennedy's appeal hearing. Management have not given any particular reason (maybe they didn't like the film starring the CEO???). Whatever ... Our message to Bryan is that wherever and whenever OHG reschedule the hearing, we will be there to support you. The campaign will not be deterred by this kind of messing around and attrition! The protest action will still take place tomorrow as follows:

  • 10.30am
  • Wednesday 9th July
  • One Housing Group HQ
  • 100 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH 

 

Nearest tub Chalk Farm. See the map for directions.

Please also see this excellent short film setting out the background to the campaign.

Please come along!


I'm Bryan Kennedy Updates Page



New Strike Dates Set From 8am on Friday 8th August to 8pm on Monday 11th August

Members at One Housing Group have announced four further days of strike over the sacking of lead convenor, Bryan Kennedy, and the general treatment of staff at the association. Details of picket lines for strike days will be added shortly. Follow the link for the latest News item.


Bryan Kennedy Appeal Hearing Postponed - But Not the Protest!

 

One Housing Group has today postponed Bryan Kennedy's appeal hearing. The appeal was against his summary dismissal in June for alleged underperformance. Management have not given any particular reason for the postponement (maybe they didn't like the film starring the CEO???). Whatever ... Our message to Bryan is that wherever and whenever OHG reschedule the hearing, we will be there to support you. The campaign will not be deterred by this kind of messing around and attrition! The protest action will still take place tomorrow as follows:

  • 10.30am
  • Wednesday 9th July
  • One Housing Group HQ
  • 100 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH 

 

Nearest tub Chalk Farm. See the map for directions.

Please also see this excellent short film setting out the background to the campaign.

Please come along!

 


OHG Summary Dismissal of Bryan Kennedy

On Tuesday 17th June, Bryan Kennedy was summarily dismissed from OHG. Many of the original 'charges' have been dropped and those that exist are highly questionable with limited evidence. This adds to our belief that Bryan had been suspended, now sacked, for his role as a Unite convenor. Bryan will be appealing and we will be sending further information over the coming days. The branch officer at One Housing Group was suspended immediately before a negotiation meeting in which the union would have raised the prolonged six-year pay freeze imposed on staff, but not for the top executives. He was sacked yesterday.

Ways to support Bryan:

Sign the Change.org petition to Re-Instate Bryan Kennedy.

Get regular updates on the protest activitities by visiting this web page.

Send messages of protest to:

Anthony Mayer, Chair of OHG: ralphajmayer@gmail.com

Mick Sweeney, Chief Executive: msweeney@onehousinggroup.co.uk

Click here for a template protest letter - either copy the text and email it to the above, or send it by post to: One Housing Group, 100 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH

Make a donation to the campaign

By BACS: Account Name: Unite Housing Workers Branch LE1111, Account No: 20040639, Sort Code: 08-60-01.

By sending a cheque made out to the Unite Housing Workers Branch LE1111, Unite LE1111, PO Box 66701, London E11 9FB. Please mark your donation ‘Campaign Funds’

Help our fundraising by downloading the I'm Bryan campaign song (minimum £1, more if you can afford it!).

 


 

OHG Strike in Support of Bryan Kennedy

Unite members at OHG will be on strike between Friday 6th June and Tuesday 10th June 2014. There will be two picket lines as follows: 

Friday 6th (8am-4pm) and Monday 9th (8am-4pm) 100 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH (3 minutes walk from Chalk Farm Tube next to The Roundhouse)

Saturday 7th (12 noon-2pm) Ponders Bridge House, 402A Caledonian Road, London N7 8UA (Next to Caledonian & Barnsbury Overground station / 5 mins walk from Caledonian Road Tube)

 

Please join us!

 


 

Urgent Appeal

 

We have had fantastic support from across the union movement but we are now urgently appealing for funds to help with the costs of running the 'I'm Bryan' and other campaigns.

To invite a speaker, contact Suzanne Muna, Branch Secretary (suz.muna.unite@gmail.com). To make a donation by BACS: Account Name: Unite Housing Workers Branch LE1111, Account No: 20040639, Sort Code: 03-60-01. Please mark your donation ‘Campaign Funds’

 

Campaign Updates

 
 

24 April 2014 Unite members and supporters protested outside a social care event in which One Housing Group was participating.

24 April 2014 Unite served a formal, seven day notice on One Housing Group of its intention to ballot members at the Group. The ballot followed an internal consultative members' vote which returned 84% in favour of strike action.

 
 

23 April 2014 The disciplinary hearing for Bryan was due to take place but was postponed because due to Bryan's ill health. Nonetheless, a large number of members and supporters went ahead with a planned protest outside the Group's headquarters.

 

Press Coverage

 
 
Inside Housing - 17 April 2014
 
 
Socialist Worker 18 February 2014
 
Union News - 23 April 2014
 
Unite the Resistance 23 April 2014
 
Unite the Resistance 15 April 2014
 
 

I'm Bryan Kennedy - Background


Click here to see the latest coverage and campaign updates

Click here to see the photo gallery



Background

 

On 12th February 2014 Bryan Kennedy, Project Manager and Unite Workplace Convener at One Housing Group was suspended from his job pending an investigation. It is the view of this Branch that Bryan has been targeted as a direct result of his trade union activities.

One housing group

In 2013, One Housing Group (OHG) hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Unite members there fought a long battle with management over sickening reductions in the salaries of frontline workers (some up to 30%) despite record surpluses at the association and an 11% pay rise for the Chief Executive of around £30k. (Read about the dispute in Inside Housing).

As lead convenor, Bryan Kennedy led the struggles to mitigate the suffering that the association was inflicting on its hardworking staff.

In his Project Manager role, Bryan worked tirelessly for 10 years at OHG and has an unblemished record. Yet on the eve of an important Joint Negotiation Committee meeting with the association's management, OHG suspended Bryan. It was a deeply cynical manouevre intended to decapitate the union just as it was about to negotiate an enhanced pay deal coupled with increased payments for staff who currently do sleep-ins and are apparently paid below the National Minimum Wage.

The Unite Housing Workers Branch will not tolerate attacks on reps whilst carrying out their duties. Like the members at OHG, we are committed to vigorously defending Bryan Kennedy.

Members have taken part in a consultative ballot voting 84% in favour of strike action to defend lead Bryan Kennedy. 

What You Can Do:

1. Join our protest and forward information to your members or supporters locally.

2. Send Messages of support to Bryan and Unite members at OHG in this campaign.

3. Lend us your social networking profile for the day with an 'I'm Bryan'  photo and add the weblink . Follow us on Twitter @unitehousing, re-tweet and hashtag 'I'mBryan'OneHousingGroup'.

4. If you can't get to the protest please wear unite/union campaign material on the day and discuss with others locally.  

5. Get involved and active in your union campaigns in the workplace and wider community. This is attack on collective organising, together we are stronger!

 

Contact:

By post Unite LE1111, PO Box 66701, London E11 9FB.
 
By email to Regional Officer, Nicky Marcus nicky.marcus@unitetheunion.org or unite.le1111@gmail.com
 
By Twitter @unitehousing

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