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Fighting union-busting: ‘Carphone won’t cut off the union’

by Lee Barron, Midlands regional secretary, CWU
Issue No. 2159

Activists from the CWU union are mounting a campaign in defence of threatened union activists at Carphone Warehouse in Wednesbury in the West Midlands. (Pic: Communication Workers Union)

Activists from the CWU union are mounting a campaign in defence of threatened union activists at Carphone Warehouse in Wednesbury in the West Midlands. (Pic: Communication Workers Union)


The CWU union is mobilising its members for mass action at Carphone Warehouse following the victimisation of CWU activists at its Wednesbury plant in the West Midlands.

Delegates at this year’s CWU conference heard details of the cases of two workers at Carphone Warehouse.

Kulwinder Plaha, the lead CWU rep in Carphone Warehouse is facing dismissal, while Sulinder Kumar, a CWU activist, has already been sacked.

An emergency motion to the conference called for the union to organise action in their defence. The allegations against them are “bullying and harassment” of managers – that they organised workers to make complaints. This comes after a CWU activist submitted a grievance against management over the handling of an investigation.

The victimisations are clearly an attempt to remove the union from the workplace as membership levels are continuing to grow – and the CWU is fighting back.

A demonstration in Wednesbury on Saturday 18 July will assemble at 11.30am at the Great Western Street Tram Stop.

It will then march to the Carphone Warehouse plant where there will be national and local speakers.

Following that we will be organising a week of action involving leafleting outside of all Carphone Warehouse shops for the week commencing 27 July.

Join the CWU to stop unionbusting at Carphone Warehouse.

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