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Did Unite back sacked Belfast airport workers?

Issue No. 2066

Security workers from Belfast International Airport got compensation of £600,000 after being sacked following a strike over pay. However, four shop stewards say that the T&G union (now Unite) failed to back them.

They threatened last week to go on hunger strike unless the union holds an inquiry into the handling of the dispute.

Gordon McNeill, Madan Gupta, Chris Bowyer and Malcolm Spencer said they had written to the union asking for talks in June “so that we could jointly celebrate and build on the victory we felt was coming.

“We received neither acknowledgement nor reply. That is why we decided to go to London to begin a hunger strike demanding the union give us the backing they should have given us over the past five years.”

T&G general secretary Tony Woodley agreed to meet the workers to hear their complaint.

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Tue 28 Aug 2007, 18:17 BST
Issue No. 2066
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