By Oliver Hall
A company boss had her new car tyres slashed after her staff were threatened with the loss of their jobs unless they quit their union.
Car logistics company Autologic wrote to its 280 drivers and demanded they give up their membership of Unite or face redundancy if they refused.
The tyres on the £60,000 Porsche Cayenne, delivered to the company’s managing director, Avril Palmer-Baunack, during the dispute, have since been reportedly slashed.
The extraordinary row has blown up after a leaked letter from Autologic was revealed. Despite clocking up more than 20 years experience in the industry, Ms Palmer-Baunack’s, letter is seen as incendiary.
In the leaked letter Autologic accused Unite’s shop stewards of “looking after themselves handsomely”.
The letter stated: “Autologic can offer you good pay, good conditions and a good future. The trade union can offer you tea and biscuits when you’ve lost your job.
“We will not be able to offer job security and good futures unless the trade union stranglehold on this company is removed.”
A spokesman for Autologic said: “It has been disappointing that the engagement process with trade union representatives, so far, has been unconstructive.”
Unite has not ruled out legal and industrial action against the firm. A spokesman said: “I have never seen a letter like this in my 25 years in the industry. Unite will take all legal and industrial action to protect its members.”