UNISON delegates at the SECC walk out in solidarity with sacked rep Robert O’Driscoll. Image courtesy UNISON Scotland Delegates at UNISON’s annual conference yesterday walked out in solidarity with a rep sacked by managers at the venue. Gardener Robert …

UNISON delegates at the SECC walk out in solidarity with sacked rep Robert O'Driscoll. Image courtesy UNISON Scotland

UNISON delegates at the SECC walk out in solidarity with sacked rep Robert O’Driscoll. Image courtesy UNISON Scotland

Delegates at UNISON’s annual conference yesterday walked out in solidarity with a rep sacked by managers at the venue.

Gardener Robert O’Driscoll, health and safety rep at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), was dismissed on May 25th for gross misconduct and, following an internal appeal, his sacking was confirmed on Friday.

The union is continuing to support Robert, saying they have concerns that the recognised independent ACAS code of practice was not properly followed.

A UNISON spokesperson said: “This is a difficult time for Robert and his family and we are supporting him in every way we can. We are sorely disappointed that the SECC upheld their decision to dismiss Robert. Even though we presented them with a number of grounds why we felt their decision had not followed ACAS independent code of practice. We are consulting with Robert to decide on the best way forward.”


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