HUNDREDS OF Tyneside shipyard workers staged an unofficial 'wildcat' strike last week over allegations of bullying in the workplace. The one-day walkout was by around 600 platers, welders and riggers in the Amicus and GMB unions at the giant Amec shipyard in Wallsend on Tyneside.
It was sparked by a row involving a worker and a manager. Bosses proposed that both were suspended while talks were held. But workers rejected that and staged the stoppage. 'We do not see why the worker has to be suspended and we are determined to stand by him,' one striker told local journalists.
Talks were held after the walkout. Workers at Amec were among those who recently staged mass unofficial strikes in solidarity with colleagues sacked for taking action in a pay dispute.