In a dramatic turnabout, waste company Sita Suez have reinstated three workers suspended simply for belonging to a Trade Union (Solidarity).
The ‘Willenhall 3’ were suspended two weeks ago after a rival Union (UNITE) had complained to the employer that Solidarity was recruiting members from their ranks. They also made veiled threats concerning the Company and Council contracts.
Solidarity and the independent Rights group Civil Liberty sprang to their defence. In just a week, over 350 people signed an online petition and many lovers of freedom deluged the company with complaints.
Behind the scenes Solidarity also exerted pressure.
Pat Harrington of Solidarity commented:-
“Whilst we are delighted that Sita Suez have seen sense after their initial blunder we are concerned over the actions of UNITE which seems to have been trying to enforce some kind of closed shop. It is a serious matter for a Union to pressure managers to take action against members of another Union. The actions of Unite are beneath contempt. I hope their members vote with their feet. There is simply no point belonging to these establishment Unions, folk should leave and build an autonomous alternative.”
Pat continued: “I would like to thank Civil Liberty for supporting the rights of workers to belong to a Union of their choice. I hope that people will consider donating to their funds and giving you other assistance as they are at the cutting edge of the defence of freedom in our land. Their work is of vital importance.”