Carphone Warehouse: stop victimising trade unionists at Wednesbury! May 8, 2009Posted by tomcwu in Union busting, Wednesbury.
Two CWU members are being victimised by the company for trade union activity at the Wednesbury Logistics Centre. One, Sulinder Kumar, has already been sacked (though he is appealing), and another – CWU’s rep on site – is currently facing disciplinary proceedings on a similar charge. The charges relate to the fact that both members were willing to challenge unfair management practices through raising grievances – as is their right. Local managers, apparently believing they will not be held to account, have decided that sacking is an appropriate response.
Wednesbury is unique in Carphone Warehouse for the level of hostility directed at active union members. By contrast, at another site, a recently accredited rep was welcomed as an asset: a much more modern, mature response. At the Wednesbury site, all levels of management are implicated in the victimsations. In consequence, the union is demanding that the cases be put into urgent review at a higher level, and that CEO Charles Dunstone takes responsibility for the outcome.
The CWU will vigorously defend our members. We are building awareness and support for the campaign within the union and amongst the general public, and are ready to mobilise supporters publicly if necessary. Join the supporters’ facebook group here.
As part of our awareness raising programme, on May 1, International Workers’ Day, CWU members from Wednesbury and the local branch spoke at Wolverhampton Trades Council’s May Day Rally. Here, Birmingham, Black Country and Worcester Branch Secretary Dave Salt can be seen addressing the rally.