Referendum complaints dismissed by Certification Officer
24 February 2012
Three complaints that the Equity Council had broken the rules in last year’s rule change referendum have been dismissed by the Certification Officer for Trades Unions.
Two Equity members, Madhav Sharma and Dave Eager, called on the Certification Officer to overturn the referendum on racial and other harassment because, they claimed, the Equity Council had broked the rules when conducting the referendum. The Certification Officer dismissed all three complaints brought by the two members and found that the referendum had been conducted properly and within the rules.
In April last year members voted by nearly two to one to change the rules to allow Equity to deal with a complaint if a member had been subject to harassment, prejudice or unfair discrimination by a fellow member. Following the result Equity General Secretary commented: “This is a fantastic result for Equity and sends a clear message that we will not tolerate prejudicial behaviour towards our members. We are an inclusive union striving towards equality of opportunity and this rule change underlines this.” The referendum was conducted after Equity's Minority Ethnic Members' Committee raised at Equity's annual conference their concerns about racial and other harassment by members of other members.
You can download the Certification Officer judgements from http://www.certoffice.org/News/Latest-Decisions.aspx
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