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SOCIAL SERVICES BOSS GIVES UNISON SECRETARY FINAL WARNING

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Derbyshire CC has disciplined the secretary of the Unison social services branch, who, after a hearing today, was f...
Derbyshire CC has disciplined the secretary of the Unison social services branch, who, after a hearing today, was found guilty of breaching his contract of employment over his alleged involvement in unlawful industrial action.

The hearing before Derbyshire social services director Bruce Buckley decided to issue Peter Moore with a final written warning.

The director ruled that Mr Moore, whose salary is paid by the department while he carries out fulltime union duties, had committed 'a serious breach of trust' by being involved in unlawful industrial action.

The council says Mr Moore denied any involvement in a walkout of around 100 social services staff on 9 October, which took place against official Unison advice.

Chair of Derbyshire social services committee David Allen said: 'We have a strong record of collaborative working with Unison and I am keen to make sure that this continues effectively in the future. But unofficial action of this sort places clients and staff at risk. It is essential that we safeguard the interests of service users and staff as we shape and manage the delivery of services.

'The council has made an enormous investment in proper trade union representation. We greatly value the involvement and active participation in proper trade union representation. We greatly value the involvement and active participation of trade unions in the workplace. I have no doubt the services we provide to the people of Derbyshire would be poorer without their contribution.'

Mr Moore was suspended on full pay almost two weeks ago.

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