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SHEFFIELD UNISON OFFICIALS FACE CHARGES

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Unison officials have said that a number of members of its Sheffield branch face disciplinary charges following an ...
Unison officials have said that a number of members of its Sheffield branch face disciplinary charges following an investigation into allegations of mismanagement and misuse of funds.

The Sheffield Star reports that a regional Unison officer investigated the books of the 8,000-strong branch following the discovery of evidence that union rules may have been broken.

Regional secretary Cliff Williams said: 'A number of officers in the suspended branch face disciplinary charges. The individuals concerned know that, but charges have not yet been laid. Our inquiry is continuing.'

External auditors have been consulted and police action has not been ruled out, said Mr Williams. The branch was suspended last month after allegations that a group of members had taken control and had diverted union funds for political ends.

It is understood that auditors will investigate allegations of secret bank accounts and several thousand pounds of union money unaccounted for. Suspended officials in Sheffield have denied any wrongdoing and are taking legal advice. Their supporters will attempt to have the suspension lifted at the union's national annual conference in Brighton next week.

'The issue will be discussed at a fringe meeting and 53 branches are supporting an emergency motion to lift the suspension,' said Andy D'Agorne, suspended branch chairman.

The Sheffield branch has accused regional officials or ignoring the day-to-day work of the union in dealing with management - a claim denied by Mr Williams.

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