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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 June 2016

Solidarity with victimised bakers' union rep

BFAWU members taking part in the TUC Manchester NHS demo in September 2013, photo Paul Mattsson

BFAWU members taking part in the TUC Manchester NHS demo in September 2013, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

After months of intimidation, Leicestershire-based food giant Samworth Brothers has sacked popular bakers' union BFAWU rep Kumaran Bose. Workers are fighting pay restructuring at the firm.

George Atwall, BFAWU regional organiser, said: "Kumaran has worked for the company for twelve years with neither a blemish to his name or his work record; but since the dispute began, he has been subjected to a severe campaign of bullying from his managers.

"Kumaran's only crime has been his outstanding success in convincing more than 50% of the workers in his factory to join the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union. What his managers particularly disliked was his brave decision to stand up for his rights and refuse to accept that he and his fellow workers should be treated so appallingly, and that their families should be denied a decent standard of living."

Reports state that presently management is disciplining another union rep.

Mike Barker

Come to National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference

Saturday 2 July 2016, 11am to 4.30pm

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL (Tube: Holborn)

Kumaran Bose will speak, alongside a trade unionist from the France strikes, BMA junior doctors, BFAWU, FBU, RMT, PCS, POA - come talk about your dispute too!

www.shopstewards.net

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