Re Proposed Dismissal of elected Trade Union Facilitator by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

UNISON Press Release

Zena Dodgson, elected Trade Union Facilitator at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust lodged an appeal against her dismissal on grounds of redundancy by the Trust.

Zena was represented by her Union, UNISON, at the appeal which was heard on 8th December by a panel comprising Trust Board members and an external HR advisor.

The panel’s decision was conveyed to Zena and her representative this afternoon, 9th December.

UNISON are very pleased that the panel has agreed with our assertion that Zena’s elected role of Trade Union Facilitator is a secondment, and not her substantive post as asserted by the Trust, and therefore Zena cannot be made redundant from it; the panel have therefore upheld that part of the appeal.

UNISON has asked for clarification from the Trust regarding Zena’s proposed dismissal date of 31st December 2009, and other aspects of the judgement. We hope to receive this very quickly and will pass on this information when we have it.

UNISON would like to thank everyone who has written to the Trust and/or sent Zena messages of support; this is much appreciated.


Anna Berry

UNISON Regional Organiser, Surrey Team.

9th December 2009

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