A union rep working for Cereal Partners in Trowbridge, Wiltshire with an ‘unblemished’ 18-year work record has been unfairly sacked, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 2 November).
Unite called for the immediate reinstatement of manufacturing operative Justin Beckett, a union rep of 10 years standing at the Staverton site, which makes the Shredded Wheat and Shreddies breakfast cereals.
The union said that there was ‘an internal stitch up’ during the disciplinary process, which followed an alleged minor verbal altercation between Mr Beckett and a company manager.
Unite has a mandate for strike action and/or industrial action short of a strike from the workforce in its campaign for Justin Beckett’s reinstatement, following his dismissal on 7 September.
Unite regional officer Tony Hulbert is due to meet management on Friday (4 November) to reinforce the reinstatement call, otherwise industrial action is on the cards.
Unite regional officer Tony Hulbert said: “Unite will not stand by and allow our rep Justin Beckett, who has a 18-year unblemished work record with this company, to lose his job in a manner that smacks of an internal stitch-up, following a minor verbal exchange with a colleague.
“I will be making Justin’s case very strongly on Friday for his immediate reinstatement, otherwise Unite members at the site will be taking industrial action, including strikes, in support of Justin – that’s how strongly they feel about the unfair treatment that has been meted out to their long-standing colleague.
“Hopefully, common sense will prevail on Friday and Justin will be reinstated.”
Unite has nearly 100 members at the site which has a workforce of about 170.
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.