Isn’t ‘Demanding Money With Menaces’ A Crime Anymore?

Hamid Caram, owner of CJ Barbers in Brighton, has been repeatedly targeted by an anarchist union in a dispute over wages.

The Solfed union has staged a number of protests outside his shop in St James’s Street.

During several demonstrations outside the shop over the past month, a group of about 20 union members have been holding banners and shouting “shame on you” to the people inside.

If he’d been an abortion clinic the authorities would have swooped in to protect his clients from harassment. But as he’s only a barber, meh! Who cares?

The union claims a young barber was hired as an apprentice and is owed £2,800 from the business, which members are demanding is paid in cash.

But Mr Caram says the barber was given work experience on a voluntary basis and denies owing him any money.

Nor is this a solo protest. This bunch have form.

The union previously targeted the nearby Sidewinder pub, demanding cash over another, separate dispute.

The owners offered to go to a mediation service called Acas to resolve the disagreement.

But the union refused and staged several protests outside the pub.

A clue that this isn’t a union at all, but a gang of extortionists.

Brighton Solfed did not respond to a request for comment.

Perhaps if you’d waved a bunch of fivers under their nose they’d have perked up?

3 comments for “Isn’t ‘Demanding Money With Menaces’ A Crime Anymore?

  1. Ed P
    May 18, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Solidarity Federation, to give them their full name, are an irritant more than a danger. I wonder if they even know what a Federation is?
    Their unlawful antics outside the barber’s shop could only be ignored by the police if either there had been a general plan, agreed beforehand (behind the scenes) as the best way, if not strictly the legal way, to defuse a tricky situation, or considerations of a racial nature had been involved.

    • May 26, 2019 at 8:28 am

      The police need to remember who pays for them.

  2. May 18, 2019 at 10:12 am

    The work experience thing is easily established if Plod are doing their job, which they aren’t. Too busy targetting the defenceless and running away from jihadis and women in pillarboxes.

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