Union busting at Virgin

Submitted by Matthew on 14 November, 2012 - 10:23

The media arm of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group empire announced on 7 November that it plans to derecognise unions organising at the company, including the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

Virgin is offering an internal “Voice Forum” as an alternative staff representative, and will ballot employees on whether they wish to be represented this body or by an independent union.

A CWU statement said: “It’s self-evident that a company’s own ‘employee forum’ cannot possibly be as independent as a democratically accountable trade union”.

The move sends a worrying signal to other industrial sectors — particularly health — where Virgin is taking over contracts.

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