Archive for July, 2021

I don’t even know what to say only an hour down the road from me I’ve had the experiences and dealing with my own concerns about the level of racial hatred in Wales but this exemplifies it all. It could be any one of us. I really do hope her second appeal goes well but appeals to the high court have the possibility of increasing your sentence too. Gutted for this young girl and her family but there’s bit’s missing and I’m trying to get the original press release and a fuller story. Where was her boyfriend? How many others were on the campsite? Have they sued the police? Have they brought a private prosecution? What happened to the first legal team? I wish her and the family the best of luck in a system that is so obviously broken.

Racism in Wales part 2

acas has become yet another of the governments gatekeepers to distress manipulate and frustrate those who would challenge racism within England and Wales.

For six weeks they sat on and did nothing with the proposed taking of Unison to court for prejudicial practices.

For an organisation that is supposed to be impartial they receive the majority of their funding from the UK government

There is nothing impartial about that. They are in essence a branch of the government only allowing and endorsing those cases that they feel will cause the minimal amount of disruption.

For six weeks I was told constant lies and given the run around it was only when I was able to demonstrate that fact and assure them that I was not going to be detoured that they reluctantly issued the document below. You’ll notice that the individual who’s name I provided them with is missing from the document.

I had to make several complaints each week to get this far and as yet they have provided me with no information as to the discussions they had with Unison.

Unison attended my dismissal hearing from my previous employer Amberleigh Care Ltd an act which they carried out while a grievance procedure was in place which is supposedly a protected right. At the end of the meeting my Unison representative advised my employer that due to their actions I had a claim for racial harassment and with the dismissal another for racial discrimination. The material went away to their head office and legal department and I’ll quote here “as these kinds of cases only every fail on a legality and thus we want to ensure that everything is correct before proceeding”.

That was the last I heard from Unison over three months ago. All attempts to contact them since results in “you know how to complain use the complaints procedure”…!

I’m in the process of not only making the court claim now that I have the below document but also sorting out all the recorded phone call’s I’ve had with unison prior to their silence.

It would seem that they too are heavily governmentally funded and have become another gatekeeper to reduce put off and outright discriminate against those that would dare to challenge racism in England and Wales.

Once the court claim is filed I shall update this blog to include phone call’s and un-responded to emails.

Not impressed by the conduct of either party at all.

Open letter to the Eluned Morgan Health Secretary of Wales.

Utter disgust at the treatment of health care professionals in Wales.

Having worked for eighteen months during the pandemic while having three medical conditions that made me at risk but not considered vulnerable enough to isolate I write to you in utter disgust at my treatment during the pandemic and subsequently now that I am unemployed.

During my first employment with Orbis Education & Care I worked within a therapeutic community for young people on the Autistic spectrum. I was comfortable with the fact they locked down the community four weeks prior to any governmental recommendations and implemented a stick no cross over policy between the three units within the community. This meant that the chances of the virus being brought into the community from outside was limited to the comings and goings of the current staff members. In the fifth week they introduced a young man into the unit that I was working within. He came along with his own team of six carers all of whom were agency workers. It was not long after speaking with them that it became apparent that our unit was not the only place that they worked. In fact four of the six carers reported that they were bank carers and thus could potentially work at several other establishments in England and Wales as well as ours within one week. I pointed out to the management team within Orbis that I felt this was not an acceptable situation for myself in that I to had been self-isolating other than to attend work. There response was negative and thus I reluctantly went on sick leave feeling that the circumstances had jeopardised my health. After two months of sick leave I resigned due to the continuation of the bank care staff’s comings and goings with the new resident.

In consultation with my own GP in relation to the precautions that I would need to take I then took up in June of last year a position in a smaller therapeutic community run by Amberleigh Care Ltd specialising in young men displaying harmful sexualised behaviours. This time I took up a night position thereby reducing my contact with the comings and goings of the day staff. Shortly after my start it became apparent that things within this community were not quite right. The level of abuse that a core team of staff members displayed towards others was drastically concerning especially in light of the nature of the work that we were carrying out. Sexual innuendos by senior members of staff towards female members of staff were for me so concerning that I felt it necessary to report them to both my line manager and both CEO’s. The result of this was that the manager told me I was ruffling feathers by speaking up and drawing attention to not only the above but to the underlying ethos of bullying that resulted in several members of staff both male and female being continually reduced to tears each time they came on shift. On top of this I had to deal and work with an individual whom felt it was appropriate to play racially provocative material at night while working with me. This was something I tried to ignore and work with as in speak with the person and let them know how offensive these acts actually were. After eight months to no avail I reported the gentleman to my management team who said they would investigate the matter. After a two-week investigation nothing was done. And thus when I turned up for work one night and found out that I was again to be working with this gentleman I raised a formal complaint. That was the last night I worked I was sent home and subsequently dismissed. At the dismissal hearing attended by the Union representative I was told that I was too professional for the company and that while having a grievance procedure active they felt that I should not return to work.

I understand why there is a push for professionalism within the care industry within Wales because the reality is that it is insular verging on incestual and there is a culture of bullying and discriminatory practices that is a standard norm and anyone who challenges this is ostracised bullied and harassed most in my observations until they quit their positions. I think this is further endorsed and supported by a union structure that is based upon small community relationships whereby if you complain to one Davies or Jones you complain to them all. In my personal experience both Unison and Acas are complicit in this insular/incestual behaviour neither of which are willing to pursue any course of action that would address any of the above let alone take steps to irradicate or hold accountable those individuals who bully, harass and racially abuse individuals like myself.

To add insult to injury I’m now being penalised by the DWP for having saved a little money in the eighteen months I was working by having my benefits reduced by £10 per week. It’s bad enough that I didn’t get the first payment of £500 for key workers as this happened at the time where I changed jobs but now that the additional £750 is to be awarded which is to have tax and national insurance taken out I’m informed that this will drastically reduce the amount of benefit that I will receive in the month that this is paid. How this is justifiable in a period where half the county is on the furlough scheme is far beyond me. As a government you are speaking loud and clear in your unsporting of those on benefits for what ever reason while you pay half the country money for being at home. How is it justifiable that you can pay furlough a decent living wage to those whom otherwise would have been unemployed stating they need a decent amount to live on but this is not applicable to the old, disable, sick or unemployed. As a government you are increasingly almost daily displaying you prejudices towards certain groups within society and I’m finding it disgraceful frustrating and humiliating not only because of my own personal circumstance but because I know so many others whom your decisions are reducing their life chances and ability to have any form of decent standards of living. And yet politicians flagrantly break those rules which you seem so adamant to impose upon some of us.

Yours un-respectfully

Richard Bradley Wilks

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