#MeTU responded to the Kennedy report.
We welcome Helena Kennedy KC’s honest and robust report into sexism, bullying and sexual harassment in the TSSA union. The damage done to survivors is irreparable; many lives have been changed, and years have been stolen.
The report is damning. What we went through is accurate, and today, we are validated. We commend the bravery of those who pushed for an independent inquiry and thank those for coming forward.
We also thank Helena for how she conducted her interviews delicately, which was a robustly refreshing difference from our experience of having to share testimony as part of TSSA's internal processes.
For years, many women were left dealing with incredible harm and had lies told about them when they dared to speak out. May all those involved take time to reflect deeply on the damage they have caused over several years.
The detailed report leaves specific recommendations that must be acted upon. Questions, of course, remain, and this is not over. As we write, perpetrators and their enablers are still in position despite Helena Kennedy KC's recommendation that they resign.
MeTu calls for the immediate resignation of the Senior Management and Executive Committee in TSSA and senior officials in the organisation who have been named in the report as perpetrators and complicit in harm done. If resignations are not forthcoming, we demand that they be removed.
Sexism, Bullying and Sexual harassment are a fact of the Trade Union Movement. Now, the question must be asked: how serious is the movement about getting its house in order?
How will that be achieved, and how will survivors and sisters in the movement create the needed transformation?
Support & Campaigns
If you need further help and support.
Rape Crisis centres provide free, specialist support and services to local women and girls who have experienced rape, child sexual abuse, sexual assault or any form of sexual violence.
Can’t Buy My Silence is a campaign set up to stop the use of non-disclosure agreements NDAs to silence victims. If you are unable to speak out in public, you can add your testimony anonymously.