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INJUNCTION SOUGHT IN BRADMET SAGA

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The GMB is hoping to serve an injunction forcing Bradford City Council to give a senior officer 'a fair disciplinar...
The GMB is hoping to serve an injunction forcing Bradford City Council to give a senior officer 'a fair disciplinary hearing', the Yorkshire Post reports (p5).

The union claims Ian Charlesworth, who reportedly was suspended when he tried to investigate a £1.1m fraud in the council's contracting arm Bradmet, has been denied justice.

The Yorkshire Post believes that two weeks ago chief executive Richard Penn recommended to members of the policy and resources committee that Mr Charlesworth be sacked.

A union spokesperson said: 'The council has its own rules for dealing with grievances and yet it has failed to follow them in Mr Charlesworth's case, with the result that he had never had the opportunity to put all his complaints fully before elected members and bring witnesses in support of his claims.'

Opposition Tory and Liberal Democrats have backed the union's call for an independent investigation into the whole matter.

The Post adds that the GMB has made its concerns about Bradford known to the general secretary of the Labour party, Tom Sawyer.

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