UK: online campaign triggers threats, sacking

Andrew Rogers, Unison rep sacked by Fremantle this weekA message from LabourStart‘s Eric Lee:

Last week we asked for your support in a struggle by workers in north London care homes whose pay has been cut by 30% by a privatized employer, Fremantle. Within hours, you flooded the inbox of Fremantle’s chief executive with thousands of messages. By the weekend, over 5,000 messages had been received.

The reaction of the company was swift: On Friday afternoon, they fired off an email message to me threatening LabourStart with legal action, accusing us of “libel”.

A couple of days later, Fremantle got even more aggressive, and sacked Unison rep, Andrew Rogers (pictured).

This bullying behavior is, I am told, typical of how this company works. They’ve asked us to stop this campaign, to stop saying negative things about them, and to stop sending them email protest messages.

I say: let’s flood them with thousands more messages. Let’s raise the profile of this campaign.

If you’ve not yet sent off your message of protest — it will take just a few seconds — please go here to do do.

Today, LabourStart has launched a major Google ad campaign to put further pressure on the company. These campaigns cost money – please make sure to donate by clicking here. I know that we can count on your support and your generosity once again.

If Fremantle decides to follow through on its threat to sue us, if its attorneys send us a registered letter in the post, here is what I intend to do: I will put the letter up for auction on eBay, and I will invite all our supporters to bid on it.

We will not be bullied and we will not be threatened. The campaign continues.”

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