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UNION RESISTS COUNCIL EVICTION OF SCHOOL CARETAKER

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The GMB union today critcised Southwark Council for issuing a long serving school caretaker with notice to quit his...
The GMB union today critcised Southwark Council for issuing a long serving school caretaker with notice to quit his home of 25 years by 11 May.

Steve Barrett was made redundant from his post at Galleywell School in Bermondsey by Southwark Council on 31 December 2005. He and his wife Brigette are entitled to be rehoused in like for like accommodation - a three bedroom house - under the terms of his contract of employment.

GMB believes that Mr Barrett's redundancy was unfair as his caretaking post has since been filled by a new employee. The Union has lodged an Employment Tribunal to fight his case.

Paul Maloney, GMB Senior Organiser said: 'There is no one waiting to move into the Barrett's home, which will most likely be left empty, and the shortage of accommodation in the borough will not be served by making Steve and Bridget move out. The house was renovated recently and is excellent condition.'

'The GMB also believes that since Steve's job was filled after he was made redundant he has already suffered enough injustice and to add this frightening threat of eviction to the catalogue of maltreatment Southwark Council is nothing less that heartless.'

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