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At Watford Employment Tribunal this last Tuesday (16th December 2014) I arrived in my capacity as General Secretary of the Employees Representatives union in order to observe an Employment Tribunal “preliminary hearing” being conducted on behalf of one of our members by our Executive Director Barry Blakesley.
When I arrived a lady official of the ET told me I was not allowed to enter as the proceeding was private hearing.
The case was very important from the public interest point of view, as our member is asserting a link between his dismissal and his conscientious completion of various safety checks.
I find it absolutely intolerable that the ET system is being closed down to eliminate public oversight.
The President of the Employment Tribunals should explain this & other similar decisions.
William J Spring BA (UK) MA (Ontario) PGCE
General Secretary Employees Representatives
London 18th December 2014
INVITATION to ER members, friends and supporters to
The Windsor Castle 23 Francis Street, Victoria, London, SW1P 1DN
Thursday July 24th 2014 from 1530 to hear General Secretary’s report on the accounts for the year 1st January 2013 until December 31st 2013 as lodged with the Certification Officer.
+ observations on the struggle against unscrupulous managements.
Other ER officers & members will also address the meeting.
A tab will be on the bar, when declared open by the GS but no alcoholic drinks may be served until the conclusion of formal business in accord with union rule 15 (see below)
William Spring General Secretary
Rule 15: All officers of the Union at every level agree to avoid drugs and alcohol during business hours and whilst conducting formal business
Employees Representatives is an independent union representing public service workers in the London area, (a core group of which are bus drivers).
But we occasionally act on a pro bono basis – i.e. for free, as we have done in this case.
Wen Jia Sun is regarded by us as an honorary member of this union, & we have fought for her, I representing her @ Heythrop College before the Jesuits, & Barry Blakesley ER Executive Director acting as her McKenzie friend in the High Court.
Please support our campaign to get her out of Yarl’s Wood, so she is able (after a suitable convalescence, as she has been seriously traumatised by this experience) to resume her studies in Law.
To want to study in England is not a crime!!
Shame on the Colleges of Birkbeck & Heythrop who have allowed this student to fall among thieves!!!
June 10 2014 I visited Yarls’ Wood IRC (Immigration & Removal Centre) near Bedford. This time I got in. The week before I was refused entry as I had forgotten to bring my passport & photo ID was needed.
Instead I presented my old codgers Boris Freedom Pass, which has my photograph on it, but was told it was not accepted.
However yesterday, in my successful break in, I noted outside the door of the Visitor Centre was a statement saying a Freedom Pass is acceptable!!
Yarls’ Wood holds 900 inmates, mostly women, & all intended for eventual deportation. With a colourful history, of riots, hunger strikes, & suicides, back in 2002, when operated by Group 4, it was burned to the ground.
Now SERCO run it.
Recently the UK Government recently barred Rashida Manjoo, UN special rapporteur on violence against women, from visiting the facility.
She had wanted to look at violence against women as perpetrated or condoned by state authorities.
The SERCO link makes it deniable, an ALMO, an arms length management organisation.
Beware of ALMOs!!
I was visiting Jia.
She is a young, very intelligent, and very pretty Chinese woman of good family.
The reason she is stuck in Yarl’s Wood is to do with Boris Johnson, who recently proclaimed Chinese students were welcome in UK.
Jia believed this, still, against all odds believes it.
Because she believed that a University education in London was a good thing she left Beijing to study theology @ Heythrop College.
This was her first mistake.
Heythrop is a Roman Catholic college run by Jesuits.
But a few years ago Heythrop became part of the University of London so “British values” (as expounded by Nick Clegg) took over, such as tolerance, gender equality etc.
LGBTs comprise a significant group in the College & hold regular meetings under the vigilant eyes of the Jesuits.
After rebuffing lesbian advances, the next thing she found herself on a charge of making noise @ night.
A full disciplinary was held and I entered the scene as a trade unionist to represent her.
I gazed across the table at a gaggle of Jesuits.
I said “where are the witnesses?”.
There aren’t any replied the Jesuits. Rather there are, but we can’t disclose their identities.
. “So you don’t have a case “ I rep[lied.
I later wrote to the Principal that Jesus had a better trial than Jia.
At least he knew his accusers. Charges were dropped & Jia remained in her accommodation for the rest of the academic year.
At the end of that year she took her first year exams in Theology and Heythrop said she could go on into her second year.
But then the College changed its mind.
I advised her to bring some sort of action v Heythrop but she refused.
She didn’t want to hang around where she wasn’t wanted and she already had her eyes on another course, @ Birkbeck where she was accepted unconditionally to study Law.
She needed an electronic reference number called a CAS number.
The University of London could probably have just updated the CAS number she was originally issued with but they didn’t.
Her CAS number was cancelled & she paid Birkbeck £10 for a new one but Birkbeck refused to issue it, claiming her English qualification was out of date which is why she’s in Yarl’s Wood
Acting in person she sought judicial review.
I saw her arguing her case very fluently but his Lordship declined to give her the order she wanted, mainly because she hadn’t written everything down in her pleadings.
She implored the Court to order Birkbeck to issue her with a CAS number. And one ground she cited was that it would place her visa (chronologically dated until 2015) in question.
On May 29th she was arrested @ her lodgings in Earls Court.
Stripped and bundled into a SERCO van she first went to Colnbrook, near London Airport.
Later she was transferred.
A painful experience. She told me how she was held down by men wearing masks, resembling Blackwater employees.
On another occasion she was forced to kneel down before a female white officer, who told her “the way you walk annoys me.”” “dress up in other clothes.” “You deserve to be here.”
Her internet access is also frequently disabled, to stop her accessing web sites of law firms.
Her health has deteriorated. “I have a high temperature. I was beaten. I can’t hear myself …”
WHO IS TO BLAME FOR THIS SCANDAL.
1. BORIS JOHNSON who will not support persecuted Christian Chinese students
2. The Papal Nuncio who won’t support them either
3. The Chinese Embassy who refuse to act on Jia’s behalf
4. The Birkbeck & Heythrop Colleges of the University of London
5. The High Court which refused to grant relief but instead handed her over to her torturers.
ALSO JIA – she is too clever by half, the damming disqualification for anyone wanting to be a UK Prime Minister!!
Yarl’s Wood is Britain’s Bagram.
Bagram is an airbase in Afghanistan where the vilest tortures were carried out on Afghans by NATO forces.
Yet UK Govt Ministers visited Bagram while victims were being tortured to death only a few yards away from them.