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(en) Britain, solfed: CJ Barbers: intimidation and histrionics fail to impress -- CJ Barbers pickets
Wed, 26 Jun 2019 08:21:33 +0300
CJ Barbers yet again resorted to violence against union members on Thursday as our
campaign to get our member's unpaid wages back continues. ---- In a remarkable
demonstration of aggression, the owner Hamid Karam and the manager Cyrus Shabani smashed
up their own wooden chairs in the middle of the road, wielded the remains at picketers,
pushed and hit multiple people, and choked one member before throwing him across the
street in front of traffic. They also snatched members' phones out of their hands as they
were filming the disgusting behaviour, smashing one phone in the process. --- Fortunately,
none of our members have been seriously hurt. Nobody other than the manager and owner of
CJ Barbers participated in any acts of violence. The incident caused traffic in the street
to be blocked for around fifteen minutes.
In an additionally bizarre escalation, Mr Karam stripped half-naked in front of a bus he
had stopped, bellowing and swearing loudly about his taxes. Both men shouted very loudly
and aggressively and swore, despite entreaties from passers by to stop due to the presence
of children nearby.
This is not the first time our members have been assaulted by Mr Shabani or Mr Karam. Last
week, a female member was grabbed and pushed at a picket, and they have made death threats
against members on previous occasions also. This on top of their attempts to slander and
blacklist the worker, as reported on this site previously.
Brighton SolFed utterly and unreservedly condemns this use of violence against workers who
are standing up peacefully for their rights. We call on the friends of CJ Barbers to
pressure them to meet our very reasonable offers of negotiation, which have so far all
been rejected, and not to condone the perpetuation of any further violence.
We held another picket this morning which was very successful, with no acts of violence
from the business. We received a lot of support from local residents, including people who
had seen or heard about the disgusting actions on Thursday. No customers entered the shop
whilst the picket was ongoing.
We will not be intimidated by acts or threats of violence, which have no bearing on the
fact that this business owes its worker over £2800 in unpaid wages.
We will continue to escalate our campaign, things will only get worse for CJ Barbers if
they continue to refuse to pay their worker the minimum wage.
Footage of Thursday's events is to follow.
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