Message from Bakers’ union: Join 26 June mass picket to reinstate Kumaran

17 June 2016

Dear Sister and Brothers

We are organising a day of action in support of Kumaran Bose who was dismissed for speaking out and for organising a union in his workplace. Please see our statement below.

We are seeking the support from the wider Labour movement to call on the company to reinstate Kumaran.

We would hope people who believe in Justice and the right for workers to have a voice in there workplace are able to attend.

Protest: 12.30pm Sunday 26 June at Chetwode House

1 Samworth Way
Leicester Road
Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire
LE13 1GA

Union Activist Sacked in Fight for Union Recognition at Samworth Brothers

Kumaran speaking at Unite the Resistance fringe at BFAWU conference

Kumaran speaking at Unite the Resistance fringe at BFAWU conference

Leicestershire-based food giant Samworth Brothers are the owners of Cornish pasty maker Ginsters, as well as being the largest maker of certified Melton Mowbray pork pies. Last year alone they boasted of pre-tax profits of £41.7 million. But Samworth Brothers also have a long history of funding the Tories.

Little wonder then that they are a decidedly anti-union business.

With the introduction of the new living wage last April, Samworth’s bosses have cut paid breaks, and have ditched premium rates for working unsocial hours and overtime. Workers responded in their hundreds by joining the Bakers Food and Allied workers Union, packing a series of huge public meetings when the ‘restructuring’ was first announced in February.

But in a vicious turn-of-events, Kumaran Bose, one of the leading union organisers who has done much to speak out against the undemocratic nature of the pay restructuring, was sacked last Friday (June 3). Kumaran has worked for the company for twelve years with not a blemish to his name, but since the dispute has begun has been subjected to severe 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. And 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..

Bizarrely when Kumaran lodged a formal grievance against his Samworth Management at Kettleby Foods, the company management team responded by embarking upon a retaliatory disciplinary procedure against him, accusing Kumaran of bullying his employers?!

Worse still, despite the fact that the majority of people at Kumaran’s factory are members of the Bakers Union, the company refuse to give the union a voluntary recognition at the site (May 23).

A formal appeal against this decision has now been lodged with the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) and the odds are strongly in favor of the workforce that Samworth’s management team will soon be forced by law to give formal recognition to the Bakers Food and Allied workers Union.

In the meantime Kumaran’s managers will no doubt continue to use every trick in the book to block their employees request and the right to join a union, talking to the workers they said they are disappointed by their work mates sacking but won’t be bullied or intimidated and will now redouble their efforts to recruit more members to send a clear message to their Tory funding bosses that they will no longer take no for an answer.

We are calling on all fair minded people to support our call for the reinstatement of Kumaran Bose.

Write to Samworth Brothers bosses at Paul.Davey@Bradgate-Bakery.co.uk and demand the reinstatement of Kumaran Bose

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3 comments

  1. florin luca said:

    we the union members from shefield pennine foods
    are solidary
    we gonna have somme union members there to support Kumar…Solidarity

    18 June 2016 at 2:17pm
  2. Andy Coles said:

    In solidarity with Kumaran Bose. United we win!!

    21 June 2016 at 12:21pm
  3. Steve Smart said:

    Where are Michael Gove, Ian Duncan-Smith, Boris Johnson at times like this??
    If they’re so supportive of workers rights and terms and conditions of employment, as they are shouting about in their Brexit campaigning!!!!
    Get them on your picket line – two hopes of that……… Bob Hope and NO HOPE,!

    23 June 2016 at 7:22am

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