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COUNCIL BULLYING ROW

Insufficient evidence of bullying, harassment and racism within a Hackney Council call centre means an independent investigator can take no action on the claims.

A former union rep at Hackney Council has lost her employment tribunal in which she accused bosses of racist, sexist and disability discrimination.

The town hall has hit back at unions after they pulled out of an investigation into allegations of bullying, racism and harassment within the council.

Unions have pulled out of an independent investigation into allegations of bullying, racism and harassment at Hackney Council – accusing town hall chiefs of “consistently undermining the process”.

Hackney councillors received no training in bullying and harassment in 2018 because none of them booked a place on the course – which was scrapped as a result.

Hackney Council has spent a whopping £2million to keep former employees quiet in the last five years, the Gazette can reveal.

Members of the Hackney South and Shoreditch Labour party have voted “overwhelmingly” to support unions’ campaign against the council’s sacking of a shop steward.

Hundreds of council workers could strike after a union rep at the centre of the town hall’s bullying row lost an appeal over her sacking.

Not one councillor turned up to a public meeting held by unions accusing the town hall of having a culture of bullying, racism and harassment.

The town hall has commissioned an independent investigation into unions’ claims there is a culture of “bullying, harassment and racism” within its workforce, insisting it has a “zero-tolerance” approach.

Unions say there is a “culture of bullying, harassment and racism” at Hackney Council and one has threatened possible strike action unless there is a full independent investigation.

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