Birmingham health & safety rep’s ‘fire alarm’ alert leads to sacking by drug charity

Birmingham health & safety rep’s ‘fire alarm’ alert leads to sacking by drug charity

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A health and safety rep working for Birmingham’s leading drug and alcohol abuse charity, CGL has been sacked after pointing out fire hazards that could have cost colleagues’ lives, Unite, the country’s largest union, said.

Unite is calling for the immediate reinstatement of Alison Morris, a drugs referral team leader with a 14-year exemplary record working for the NHS and the charity, which the union, says has a strong anti-union bias. 
  
Alison Morris was summarily dismissed earlier this month from her Reach Out Recovery job, following her joint inspection with a fire brigade officer at the charity’s city centre Scala House office in January when fire alarms were found not to be working. 
  
She reported that the building may be closed, if the problem was not sorted the following day. Senior management said she said it would close – and this, according to the bosses, constituted as allegedly intentionally misleading management. Unite strongly disputes what the management claimed Alison said. 
  
Unite regional officer Caren Evans said: “This is one of the most extraordinary cases I have come across in my experience. Alison should have been praised for going the extra mile in her own time to protect her colleagues from death in fire, not dismissed for carrying out her duties. 
  
“Tomorrow (Thursday 28 April) on International Workers’ Memorial Day, when we remember those who have died at work and celebrate the protections given us by the 1974 Health and Safety Act, we should not be having to fight to reinstate a colleague who has merely undertaken her duties under that Act. 
  
“Alison was transferred from the NHS in March 2015 to CGL and now she has been treated in the most horrendous way by a draconian management which has a vibrant anti-union bias.

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