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Outreach day – union visits every large Carphone site in England April 21, 2009

Posted by tomcwu in About us, Carphone Worker News Sheet.
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image002The Communication Workers Union will today visited every major Carphone Warehouse Group site in the country to raise awareness of the union, and workers’ rights to be listened to.

Local CWU members will be distributing the third issue of the union’s bulletin for Carphone Warehouse workers – Carphone Worker May ’09 (click the link to read as a PDF).

The aim is to alert workers to the existence of this site as a resource, as well as to make employees aware of some of their rights to be listened to.  In particular, the CWU is worried that significant changes are taking place to the terms and conditions of many employees across the country without proper consultation.

A proper consultation process doesn’t guarantee a fair outcome, but it does give the company an obligation to listen to workers, and engage with them about possible alternatives.  The right to consultation is enshrined in the Information & Consultation Regulations 2004.

In the Midlands, local CWU officers will also have a public presence in local town centres, in order to spread awareness about the victimisation of active CWU members at the Wednesbury Logistics Centre.  These workers face losing their jobs on the basis of charges trumped up in response to their activity as union members.  This is all the more disappointing because in most areas, active CWU members are not treated badly at all by the company – for example, there are several active members at Tulketh Mill Preston, all of whom have a positive relationship with local management.  The union is therefore asking senior Carphone Warehouse Group figures to step in, and put this local problem under urgent review.  More details will follow on this site later.

The aim of the day is to show workers that they have rights, and that the union is there to help them make those rights a reality.  CWU Organiser Tom Dale said, “From site to site, Carphone Workers face similar challenges, as a union we want to bring people together across all sites to solve these challenges, and raise a voice to say that workers should be listened to”.

All workers interested in this idea should find out more about the union and contact us using the details on this site.

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