Defending our members against company victimisation: campaign moves on up! June 10, 2009Posted by tomcwu in News.
A couple of developments on Monday have signaled that our campaign to defend our victimised members (more info here!) is gaining momentum…
1) CWU conference unanimously agrees to defend our active members at Wednesbury!
On Monday, the union’s conference, passed the following emergency motion, submitted by the local branch and the CWU Midlands Region (thanks to Lee Barron, Regional Secretary):
Conference condemns the actions of Carphone Warehouse in Wednesbury, where, on June 3rd 2009 the lead CWU Representative will face a dismissal interview after being targeted by the employer. In addition a CWU activist has already been sacked and it is now obvious that Carphone Warehouse are systematically targeting CWU Reps and activists in an attempt to stave off growing membership levels.
In light of that conference agrees to support those CWU Carphone Warehouse Reps and activists all throughout the current period of victimisation in a campaign that will involve the wider trade union movement and local MP’s. In addition conference instructs the NEC to organise a Carphone Warehouse day of action to support the campaign, to organise and to recruit within the company.
Will Charlie D avoid the day of action by taking responsibility and stopping the victimisations? Watch this space!
2) Lancashire National Union of Teachers unanimously agrees to support campaign for our members to be reinstated!
Why is this important? Well, as we’ve reported previously, the Charles Dunstone Foundation (no prizes for guessing which modest fella is at the top) is opening an Academy school at Fulwood in Preston. (Carphone workers will not be surprised to learn that he wholly ignored the 90% of consultation respondents who opposed the plans – at least we know it’s not personal now, eh?) And as part of this, he’s agreed to recognise the NUT at the school – showing that union recognition is somethin.
Anyway, on Monday, Carphone Worker presented information on the victimisation of our active members at Carphone Warehouse (as well as other ongoing issues) to the executive committee of Lancs NUT. They agreed to support the campaign, and will be writing to Charles Dunstone to express their concern shortly… we’re determined to get ever wider circles of stakeholders involved if there aren’t positive developments soon!