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Samworth Brothers food bosses take on the union

by Alistair Farrow
Issue No. 2515

A meeting recruiting Samworth workers to the union

A meeting recruiting Samworth workers to the union

Bosses at Samworth Brothers’ food factory in Leicester have sent a letter to workers in an attempt to stop them from joining the Bfawu union.

Bfawu has also said that bosses are taking round a petition for workers to sign.

The petition says that workers have no intention of joining a union.Recognition

Bfawu said that it believes bosses will then use this as evidence to argue that less than 50 percent of workers want to join the union.

This would be a blow for union recognition in the eyes of the Central Arbitration Committee.

This body decides whether a union has to be recognised.

Bfawu activist Kumaran Bose worked at Samworth Brothers.

He was sacked for trying to build the union.

The bosses’ latest attack is part of their ongoing campaign against union rights.

Go to the Facebook page Reinstate Kumaran Bose

RF Brookes food factory workers and their supporters held a protest in Cardiff last Saturday.

They were drawing attention to a pay deal that leaves them worse off.

The deal was brought in after bosses at the Newport factory in South Wales made changes to shift allowances in response to the Tories’ “Living Wage”.

The Bfawu union members, who struck over the proposed deal in May, held the protest outside M&S.

The retailer stocks food produced at the RF Brookes factory.

Protesters were trying to get customers at the store to boycott products made at the factory.

Gary Johnston from Bfawu said that workers “are not prepared to see their standard of living reduced by the greed for profits”.

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