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Carphone Warehouse accused of union busting in Wednesbury

Issue No. 2157

Sulinder Kumar and Kulwinder Plaha

Sulinder Kumar and Kulwinder Plaha

Activists in the CWU union are accusing bosses at Carphone Warehouse’s repair centre in Wednesbury in the West Midlands of attempts at union-busting after the company upheld the sacking of union rep Sulinder Kumar.

Activists also fear that the company will now move to sack fellow rep Kulwinder Plaha. Both men faced disciplinary charges after raising grievances against what they regard as unfair management practices.

CWU organiser Mark Norris told Socialist Worker that management at the site have created an “atmosphere of intimidation” designed to undermine the union.

“The union has normal relations with management at Carphone Warehouse’s other sites in Warrington and Preston, but in Wednesbury things are pretty bad,” he said.

“This could be local management who are a bit out of control, or it could be part of a national strategy – the Wednesbury site is the company’s only repair centre.

“We are planning a day of action here and nationally we are going for a week of action outside Carphone Warehouse’s shops.

“We want to tell people what is going on.”

Send messages of protest to Carphone Warehouse boss Charles Dunstone at and copy them to CWU organiser Tom Dale at

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Tue 23 Jun 2009, 18:19 BST
Issue No. 2157
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