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Defend Antony Czubkowski

Issue No. 2035

The campaign to defend Antony 'Chub' Czubkowski, the senior shop steward for the Amicus union at Central Networks, is continuing.

Chub was suspended just before Christmas, pending an investigation. The Amicus and GMB unions are set to launch a ballot for industrial action.

On Wednesday of last week Chub and his union official met with the company.

Chub told Socialist Worker, 'The company failed to produce any information regarding the allegations and failed to elaborate on the vague charges.

'The company informed us that they were now ready to begin the investigation.

'This is an astonishing comment since the reason I was suspended before Christmas was so I did not interfere with the investigation.

'We are expected to believe that the charges against me are so serious that the company waits over a month before investigating.

'The company also informed us at that it was going to expand the investigation to interrogate, voice mails, e-mails, and recorded conversations with the company's control and dispatch centres.'

Local reps on the organising committee have elected two new reps to help organise the campaign, sending a clear message to the company that intimidation doesn't work.

A petition against the attacks on the right to organise is getting big support.

E-mails of protest to the managing director Bob Taylor have been flooding in from across the trade unions.

Chub attended a European Works Council meeting, which is the consulting body of the unions across the European wide E.ON company, which owns Central Networks, on Thursday of last week.

He said, 'They insisted I attend and explain what was happening. I was unanimously elected as the deputy chair, a position never previously held by any member outside Germany.

'This was a fantastic public show of support, and a clear message to the company that we are steadfast against this attack on the unions.'

E-mail protests to the managing director at [email protected]

E-mail messages of support to [email protected] and [email protected]

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Sat 27 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2035
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