Victory for the Reinstate Charlotte Campaign!

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April 1, 2015 by permanentred

Wonderful news! Our OT colleague Charlotte Monro has been reinstated. Many thanks to all those who signed the petition and supported the campaign. The following statement was released by the Reinstate Charlotte Campaign.

We have had wonderful news. Charlotte has been reinstated and will return to work in Whipps Cross Hospital. Following the tribunal hearing Barts Health NHS Trust invited her to return. This is a vindication of Charlotte and the stand we all have taken.

Your support has been a very significant factor in this campaign and its success. Thank you all so much. As Charlotte says in her personal statement below:

“Together we are standing up for what we believe in and this has made all the difference.”

Reinstate Charlotte Campaign

Here is the link to the jointly agreed statement now on the Trust website.

And this is Charlotte’s statement (also attached):

“I am really happy to be returning to work with my team and the rest of the staff at Whipps Cross Hospital, and Barts Health NHS Trust. And I look forward to being able to contribute to the work I understand is now under way, in response to the CQC report, to bring about improvement in our hospital. It’s vital that Whipps Cross becomes again a hospital of choice for health staff to work in, where they can provide the best standards of health care to our local population, and find a good future.
Health staff must be able to speak out for their patients and services without fear. They must be free to organise themselves in trade unions and stand as representatives knowing that their rights as a union rep will be respected, and that the role of an independent union campaigning for the interests of the staff, their patients and services is also respected. These were issues at the heart of my case. Its resolution will I hope contribute to building a climate of openness and confidence so needed in our health service.

I want to thank my union UNISON for its backing and support in taking my case to tribunal, and to thank our highly committed legal team. I have been moved and inspired by the support from colleagues, from health campaigners and fellow trade unionists, and so many other people. It has held me up through some pretty difficult times and brought home that the issues I faced have far wider significance for people.

Together we are standing up for what we believe in and this has made all the difference. Let’s continue to do so for the future of our NHS.”

Charlotte Monro, 31st March 2015

If you are inspired by the success of the campaign and would like more information about being a BAOT/Unison shop steward, please drop us a line using the contact form below.

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