Defend Robert O’Donnell, Glasgow UNISON Rep at SECC

I write to highlight an attack on UNISON branch representative, Robert O’Donnell, who has been sacked by the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. UNISON is supporting Robert in his appeal against dismissal.

UNISON believe that Robert, a gardener and UNISON representative, was unfairly sacked by the SECC Management on 25 May. He was dismissed following an alleged unwitnessed incident with his supervisor. UNISON is totally convinced that this was a trumped up charge and that the dismissal relates to Robert’s role as a trade union activist. Over recent years the SECC, which is 91% owned by Glasgow City Council, has refused to recognise trade unions for collective bargaining purposes and has been hostile to trade union recruitment activities.

Robert has twelve years’ service with the SECC during which time he has never been the subject of a complaint, investigation or disciplinary action.

Please circulate the petition which can be accessed here

Please send emails of protest to:

Peter Duthie, SECC Chief Executive – [email protected]

Cllr Gordon Matheson, Leader Glasgow City Council – [email protected]

Annemarie O’Donnell, Glasgow City Council Chief Executive – Annemarie.O’[email protected]

Cllr Graham Hendry, SECC Board Member – [email protected]


Yours in UNISON,

Brian Smith, Branch Secretary