Brighton Solidarity Federation has opened a public campaign against The Sidewinder on Upper St James in Kemp Town. We were approached by a worker who was immediately dismissed just for calling in sick for one shift. The worker was also owed unpaid holiday entitlement.
We wrote to The Sidewinder asking that they pay compensation for unfair dismissal and fork out the owed holiday pay. They have now paid the holiday pay, but have refused demands for compensation, accusing us of blackmail. Clearly, The Sidewinder thinks that not providing employees with contracts, holiday pay, failing to follow grievence procedures and dismissing workers for being ill is acceptable.
Brighton Solfed are bored of these types of shenanigans from the bosses: pub workers need to stand together in the face of terrible working conditions and illegal employment practices. We stand in solidarity with workers and will not stop until we receive what the worker deserves.
An injury to one is an injury to all!