Carphone union busting at Wednesbury – PROTEST NOW! June 16, 2009Posted by tomcwu in News, Union busting, Wednesbury.
As we’ve reported previously, Carphone Warehouse is trying to bust the union at Wednesbury. Last week, they turned down an appeal by CWU member Sulinder Kumar against his sacking. This week, it looks like the company is set to sack union rep Kulwinder Plaha.
As we have described previously, there is no doubt that both have been sacked for trade union activity. The company has not gone to great lengths to disguise this. Their excuse is that the real reason is that the attempts by both men to stand up for their rights – by taking out a grievance against a manager – constitute harassment! Is it harassment to use established company procedures to raise complaints about unfair treatment? Carphon Warehouse, and CEO Charles Dunstone, seem to think so!
This is an attack on all Carphone Warehouse workers. This is an attack on all trade unionists; an attack on the right to organise.
We need you to support the two victimised men! We know from past campaigns that messages of protest do make a difference. Write to CEO Charles Dunstone, asking him to take responsibility; asking him to reinstate the two, and end the culture of union busting at Wednesbury. You can make up your own message, or use the template below. Please write to email@example.com and cc: CWU organiser Tom Dale firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Charles Dunstone,
Re: Victimisations of active CWU members at Wednesbury Logistics Centre
I am writing in protest at the disgraceful treatment of CWU members at the Wednesbury Logistics Centre. The sacking of Sulinder Kumar and the current discipline case against Kulwinder Plaha are clearly attacks on the right to organise a union; revenge for the fact that the two dared to speak out. It is disgraceful that a company should be acting like this in the 21st Century.
I urge you to see to it that the two men are reinstated immediately, and that the culture of union busting at the Wednesbury site end now. Please keep me informed of your decisions in this matter.