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Union activist sacked in fight for union rights and recognition at British food company Samworth Brothers

malayarat123 British food company Samworth Brothers, which supplies baked goods and other products to major UK retailers, responded to the introduction of the UK National Living Wage in April by eliminating paid breaks and premium pay for unsocial hours and overtime, measures which can reduce workers’ pay by thousands of pounds per year. When hundreds of workers responded to these attacks by joining the IUF-affiliated Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, Samworth Brothers bosses responded by harassing Kumaran Bose, a leading union organizer who spoke out against the attack on pay and conditions, and then sacking him from his job at Samworth’s Kettleby Foods on June 3.

Kumaran’s only offense was to convince over 50% of the workers at his factory to join the union – he has worked there for 12 years with a spotless record. Samworth Brothers, who last year booked profits of over GBP 41 million, refuses to recognize the Bakers union at his site despite the union’s majority membership.

The union is energetically defending Kumaran and is appealing the company’s refusal of voluntary on-site recognition.

SEND A MESSAGE TO SAMWORTH BROTHERS using the form below telling the company to reinstate Kumaran Bose, recognize the BFAWU and stop attacking workers’ pay and conditions!