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Re: [JustPeaceUK] UCU cleared of harassment in landmark tribunal

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  • Mark Elf
    Great result!!! ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 25, 2013
      Great result!!!

      On 25 March 2013 18:26, richard kuper <richard@...> wrote:

      > **
      >
      >
      > http://www.ucu.org.uk/6562
      >
      > UCU cleared of harassment in landmark tribunal
      >
      > 25 March 2013
      >
      > An Employment Tribunal has found in favour of UCU on all ten complaints of
      > harassment brought by a UCU member who opposed the union's policy on
      > Palestine.
      >
      > The claimant had been supported in his claim by leading lawyer Anthony
      > Julius. In giving their reasoning the Tribunal stated that 'the proceedings
      > are dismissed in their totality' and 'we greatly regret that the case was
      > ever brought. At heart it represents an impermissible attempt to achieve a
      > political end by litigious means.'
      >
      > The Tribunal also described themselves as troubled by the implications of
      > the claim, stating that 'underlying it we sense a worrying disregard for
      > pluralism, tolerance and freedom of expression, principles which the courts
      > and tribunals are, and must be, vigilant to protect'.
      >
      > While witnesses for UCU were described in the tribunal's decision as
      > 'careful and accurate', some witnesses for the claimant were described as
      > appearing to 'misunderstand the nature of the proceedings and more disposed
      > to score points or play to the gallery rather than providing
      > straightforward answers to the clear questions put to them'.
      >
      > John Mann MP and former MP Denis MacShane were collectively described as
      > giving 'glib evidence, while testimony of another key witness for the
      > claimant was described as 'extraordinarily arrogant but also disturbing'.
      >
      > UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: "I am delighted that the Tribunal
      > has made such a clear and overwhelming judgement in UCU's favour. There are
      > many different views within UCU and wider society about Israel and
      > Palestine and this decision upholds our and others' right to freedom of
      > expression and to continue to properly debate these and other difficult
      > questions.
      >
      > "This has been an extremely difficult period for the UCU staff and members
      > involved in defending the union's position and I am especially pleased
      > therefore that the Tribunal found our witnesses to be careful and accurate.
      >
      > "The claimant, while unsuccessful, of course had the right to challenge the
      > union in the courts and will be treated with respect within the union as
      > will his views on this question. Now that a decision has been made I hope
      > in turn that he, and others who share his views, will play an active part
      > in the union and its debates rather than seek recourse to the law.
      >
      > "For our part, UCU will look at our own processes to see if improvements
      > can be made in line with the advice given to us within the decision. We
      > remain opposed to discrimination of any kind including anti-Semitism and we
      > will work with energy and determination with all who will work with us to
      > oppose it in the workplace and society at large."
      >
      > Richard Kuper
      > richard@...
      > 07985 575 768
      >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      >
      >
      >


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    • Deborah Maccoby
      Wonderful news, though I suppose Julius and Fraser will attribute the result to antisemitism..... Deborah ... [Non-text portions of this message have been
      Message 2 of 3 , Mar 25, 2013
        Wonderful news, though I suppose Julius and Fraser will attribute the result to antisemitism.....
        Deborah

        > To: JustPeaceUK@yahoogroups.com
        > From: mark.elf@...
        > Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:35:53 +0000
        > Subject: Re: [JustPeaceUK] UCU cleared of harassment in landmark tribunal
        >
        > Great result!!!
        >
        > On 25 March 2013 18:26, richard kuper <richard@...> wrote:
        >
        > > **
        > >
        > >
        > > http://www.ucu.org.uk/6562
        > >
        > > UCU cleared of harassment in landmark tribunal
        > >
        > > 25 March 2013
        > >
        > > An Employment Tribunal has found in favour of UCU on all ten complaints of
        > > harassment brought by a UCU member who opposed the union's policy on
        > > Palestine.
        > >
        > > The claimant had been supported in his claim by leading lawyer Anthony
        > > Julius. In giving their reasoning the Tribunal stated that 'the proceedings
        > > are dismissed in their totality' and 'we greatly regret that the case was
        > > ever brought. At heart it represents an impermissible attempt to achieve a
        > > political end by litigious means.'
        > >
        > > The Tribunal also described themselves as troubled by the implications of
        > > the claim, stating that 'underlying it we sense a worrying disregard for
        > > pluralism, tolerance and freedom of expression, principles which the courts
        > > and tribunals are, and must be, vigilant to protect'.
        > >
        > > While witnesses for UCU were described in the tribunal's decision as
        > > 'careful and accurate', some witnesses for the claimant were described as
        > > appearing to 'misunderstand the nature of the proceedings and more disposed
        > > to score points or play to the gallery rather than providing
        > > straightforward answers to the clear questions put to them'.
        > >
        > > John Mann MP and former MP Denis MacShane were collectively described as
        > > giving 'glib evidence, while testimony of another key witness for the
        > > claimant was described as 'extraordinarily arrogant but also disturbing'.
        > >
        > > UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: "I am delighted that the Tribunal
        > > has made such a clear and overwhelming judgement in UCU's favour. There are
        > > many different views within UCU and wider society about Israel and
        > > Palestine and this decision upholds our and others' right to freedom of
        > > expression and to continue to properly debate these and other difficult
        > > questions.
        > >
        > > "This has been an extremely difficult period for the UCU staff and members
        > > involved in defending the union's position and I am especially pleased
        > > therefore that the Tribunal found our witnesses to be careful and accurate.
        > >
        > > "The claimant, while unsuccessful, of course had the right to challenge the
        > > union in the courts and will be treated with respect within the union as
        > > will his views on this question. Now that a decision has been made I hope
        > > in turn that he, and others who share his views, will play an active part
        > > in the union and its debates rather than seek recourse to the law.
        > >
        > > "For our part, UCU will look at our own processes to see if improvements
        > > can be made in line with the advice given to us within the decision. We
        > > remain opposed to discrimination of any kind including anti-Semitism and we
        > > will work with energy and determination with all who will work with us to
        > > oppose it in the workplace and society at large."
        > >
        > > Richard Kuper
        > > richard@...
        > > 07985 575 768
        > >
        > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
        > >
        > >
        > >
        >
        >
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