A British cream cake company has been accused of a race-hate crime after it refused to halt its production line to mark the death of Poland’s president./facepalm
For the avoidance of doubt, yes. This is a British factory in Britain.
One Polish worker, who did not want to be identified, said: ‘Some people asked if the line could be stopped for two minutes and were told no, but others stopped anyway and were threatened with being disciplined.Unions got involved and then everything went to hell..?
‘There were harsh words exchanged and it caused bad feeling, but since then it’s all got a little out of hand and some of the workers over-reacted, and so did the union guy. They kind of went nuclear.’
Say it ain't so!
The row escalated further when a formal letter of complaint, signed ‘Polish Personnel Representatives’ was posted on the internet by Marcin Bujniewicz, East Midlands Organiser for the Unite union, threatening legal action and accusing the company of perpetrating a ‘hate crime’.I rather think that takes the notion of real hate crimes, spits in its face, kicks it in the shins and then tramples all over the body...
The letter demanded that management provide a reasonable explanation for its refusal to halt production lines, a written apology to all Polish employees at the plant and called for ‘appropriate measures’ to be taken against those responsible.The airport's thataway. As soon as it reopens, anyone who doesn't like the working conditions is free to go back and try their luck in their home country.
Marcin Bujniewicz said: ‘I’ve been told I’m not allowed to speak to you.’ And despite repeated calls, Britain’s biggest union Unite made no comment.I'd like to think that that's because even the usually dim-as-a-sack-of-hammers union leaders realise they might've gone a wee bit too far with this one.