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H&F Council: Reinstate Stan Keable!

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Link to David Grossman’s video clip: 
https://twitter.com/davidgrossman/status/978367358472474624 

On May 21 2018, I was dismissed from my job with Hammersmith and Fulham Council after 17 years unblemished service as a housing enforcer, for having “brought the Council into disrepute”, by saying that the Zionist movement collaborated with the Nazi regime - a well documented if shameful historical fact.

I said this on March 26, in a conversation in Parliament Square - nothing to do with work - while participating in the Jewish Voice for Labour demonstration in support of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, called in opposition to the rightwing 'Enough is Enough' demonstration.  

The BBC’s David Grossman tweeted a 105-second video clip of the conversation, retweeted by Tory MP Greg Hands to H&F Council Labour leader Stephen Cowan and then used by the Council to sack me.

Greg Hands MP retweet:
https://twitter.com/GregHands/status/978540845157834752 

Unison has withdrawn support because I rejected the bad advice of their regional organiser to plead guilty, throwing away the right to demonstrate and to freedom of speech - so I need funds for a barrister and potential legal costs to challenge my political victimisation at an employment tribunal, as well as for campaigning for reinstatement.  

My dismissal extends the McCarthyite witch-hunt against Corbyn supporters in the Labour Party to the area of employment. Don’t let me be the first of many political sackings. 

Please give generously. Any surplus funds will be passed to Labour Against the Witchhunt (LAW) for campaigning.

Read more:

My open letter to H&F Councillors (May 24, 2018):
http://www.labouragainstthewitchhunt.org/campaigns/stan-keables-open-letter-to-hammersmith-fulham-labour-councillors-and-party-members/

Mike Cushman - ‘How talking about Zionism can lose you your job’ (May 23, 2018): 
http://freespeechonisrael.org.uk/keable-sacking/#sthash.ueizxvgU.xeBSvgDw.dpbs 

Tony Greenstein - 'No criticism permitted' (May 17, 2018):
https://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/1203/no-criticism-permitted/
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Employment Tribunal Judgement Friday May 24th: “Unfair dismissal, both procedurally and substantively”.

‘Remedy hearing’ set for ‪October 2nd‬, to discuss reinstatement and compensation. (I understand my post has not been filled.)

The judgement and reasons took more than two hours to deliver, and will be published online by the employment tribunal. It defends the right to freedom of speech - to express views in public, including anti-Zionist views, which may offend some people or many people. Much case law was quoted and elaborated. The judgement will provide an encyclopaedia of dismissal law and a protection of the human rights of employees to freedom of assembly (the right to demonstrate) and freedom of speech - a great product of a year’s hard work.

THANKS

Thank to my solicitor, David Phillips of R&A Solicitors (Manchester), and pro bono barrister Iqbal Sram, who did a brilliant job. Thanks to H&F Unison steward Bruce Mackay, who represented me at the preliminary investigation hearing, and to Branch Secretary Patsy Ishmael, who accompanied me at the appeal hearing and insisted that my right to a trade union rep of my choice had been illegally denied. Thanks to barrister Dave Renton, who helped prepare me for the disciplinary hearing and Tony Greenstein, who represented me at the disciplinary hearing. Thanks to my witnesses - all Jewish: Hilary Russell, Professor Moshé Machover, Mike Cushman (Free Speech on Israel), Naomi Wimbourne-Idrissi (Jewish Voice for Labour), Pamela Blakelock (JVL), Glyn Secker (JVL). Thanks to my local comrades in Hammersmith CLP and Hammersmith & Fulham Momentum for not believing the nonsense that I was anti-Semitic. Thanks to my comrades in Labour Party Marxist and Labour Against the Witchhunt, who defended me throughout. And thanks to my Esperantist friends, who knew that racist “Jew-hate" could not feature in my outlook.

www.labouragainstthewitchhunt.org/uncategorized/stan-keable-has-won-his-employment-tribunal/
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Dear Friends and Comrades,

My Employment Tribunal hearing for unfair dismissal is here at last - starting 10am on Monday May 20th (details below).

A big thank you for all the support I received during the year since I was suspended from work the day after the March 26th 2018 ‘Enough is Enough’ demonstration, and then dismissed on May 21st. I was with the Jewish Voice for Labour counter-demonstration, confronting the false accusation that the Labour Party is riddled with anti-Semitism and that Jeremy Corbyn is not doing enough about it.

And a special thank you to those who contributed to my GoFundMe fundraising campaign. And to my pro bono barrister, Iqbal Sram, who has worked for no pay, and to David Phillips of R&A Solicitors (Manchester). However, I must pay “disbursements” - non-legal costs for travel and accommodation, so the £2,651 donated so far has taken care of this. As promised, any surplus will be paid to Labour Against the Witchhunt, so donations are still welcome.

In line with the establishment and mainstream media false narrative that anti-Zionism equals anti-Semitism, my remarks critical of the Zionist movement were treated as if they were anti-Semitic.

Although the employer’s disciplinary investigation found me not guilty of anti-Semitism, they dismissed me anyway.

My Employment Tribunal hearing for unfair dismissal is Mon-Fri, May 20th-24th, at Victory House, 30-34 Kingsway WC2B 6EX (near Holborn tube).

The proceedings are public, so friends can come and watch - but I am not organising a picket.

The hearing starts at 10am every day, and ends when the court decides. (I shall be present in court at 9:30am.)

At the end of each day's hearing I shall be busy with my barrister and solicitor for debriefing and consultation, before deciding whether and where to eat and/or drink.

Hopefully, the tribunal’s decision will be announced on Friday afternoon.

Thank you for your solidarity!

Stan
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Reinstate Stan Keable update

Are you following my case? - 
https://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/1212/a-labour-councils-inquisition/

Unison are not supporting me, so I have set up crowdfunding, for potential legal costs as well as campaigning costs, with any remains funds to go to Labour Against the Witchhunt.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council have declined my request for conciliation through Acas, so I am now preparing for an employment tribunal, with a pro bono barrister and a ‘no win, no fee’ solicitor - but if I lose the case I will be liable for the employer’s costs.

Stan
07817 379568
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Hammersmith Lobby,
from 5pm this Monday

The ‘Reinstate Stan Keable’
lobby of H&F council, organised by Labour Against the Witchhunt and sponsored by Free Speech on Israel, goes ahead this Monday, July 16, 5pm to 7:15pm, Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, London W6 9JU. (The council meeting starts at 7pm.)

My appeal against dismissal for comments made on a demonstration in Parliament Square - nothing to do with work - has been rejected. Next stop is conciliation through ACAS, which is a pre-condition for an employment tribunal application. 

The negative outcome of my appeal puts the Council’s ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy’ and its ‘Code of Conduct for Employees’ above the human rights to freedom of assembly and expression, and ignores my assertion that I have been directly discriminated against and victimised for my anti-Zionist belief, in breach of the Equality Act 2010. 

The struggle continues - for the rights of all employees to demonstrate, and to express views with which their employer may disagree.

Please support my appeal for finds for campaigning and for potential legal costs (GoFundMe.com/ReinstateStanKeable).

Stan Keable +44 7817 379568 
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