Encouraging Samworth Bosses To Let Their Workers Have a Vote on Trade Union Recognition

Everyone has the right to join a trade union, but many bosses, especially Tory ones, would prefer that their employees choose not to exercise that democratic right.

Manipulative bosses can often be heard saying, “we are good bosses who look after our employees needs, why would our workers need a union to help them, that is what we do?” That is why such bosses don’t take too kindly to their apparently contented happy workers encouraging their colleagues to join a trade union.

Samworth and Collective bargaining

Joining a trade union is a way for workers to come together to work to improve their own working environment — be it related to basic concerns about pay or working conditions. And when bosses are forced to recognise a union for the purpose of collective bargaining, workers are then given the opportunity to speak with a united voice in discussions with management. This state of affairs is clearly advantageous to workers, but less so for greedy bosses.

Whilst the bosses at major food manufacturer Samworth Brothers cannot stop workers joining the Bakers Union, they can threaten workers who are vocal in their promotion of trade union rights at work; the recent sacking of Kumaran Bose from their Kettleby factory is a case in point.

Moreover, despite the fact that the Bakers Union submitted a request to the government (the Central Arbitration Committee) to let them know that most workers are keen to benefit from trade union recognition, management at Samworth are doing everything in their power to stop this process in its tracks.

Samworth bosses are scared that workers will be able to negotiate with them as equals via the Bakers Union. If they weren’t so scared of the positive impact that unions can have for their workers, Samworth management would simply allow a secret ballot to proceed at all their factories: such a democratic ballot would then allow the workers to decide whether they want to benefit from official trade union recognition.

Needless to say, workplaces where trade unions are officially recognised tend to run in ways that are more favourable to the workers themselves. This is the real reason, why the ballot which was meant to take place in late August, has still not taken place.

As part of the Bakers Union’s ongoing campaign to bring a little democracy to working life within Samworth’s ever-growing food empire, earlier today activists from a variety of different unions came together in the pouring rain today outside the TESCO store on Granby Street (Leicester), to build public support for the reinstatement of sacked Bakers Union member Kumaran Bose.

Shoppers at TESCO were given leaflets which asked them to write to the directors of this major retailer for Samworth’s products, to get TESCO’s management to encourage Samworth’s managers to recognise the Bakers Union for collective bargaining. If TESCO’s employees can benefit from collective bargaining then why shouldn’t Samworth employees?

At the very least Samworth management should stop putting obstacles in the way of a ballot as to whether their employees would like to benefit from official trade union recognition.

Take action now: Email Tesco boss: Kris.comerford@uk.tesco.com

& Samworth boss: paul.davey@bradgate-bakery.co.uk



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