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Issue No. 1917

EIGHT TGWU union full time officials in Glasgow are facing disciplinary action by the union over vote rigging.

TGWU general secretary Tony Woodley came to Glasgow last week to take charge of a series of disciplinary hearings.

Two of the officials are charged with fixing the result of a workplace ballot to avoid a strike by 400 women union members against low pay at Tunnock’s biscuit factory in Uddingston, near Glasgow.

The possible rigging of a workplace ballot at Tunnock’s has shocked TGWU activists.

And it has angered the low paid women members who work there. They had been told that a majority had voted to accept a 3 percent pay offer.

But last week Woodley explained that the workforce had in fact voted to strike against the deal. He expressed shame and regret at the ballot rigging.

As a Tunnock’s worker said, “With union officials prepared to cheat, the management had it made. We want union support, not sabotage.”

TGWU member, Glasgow

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Sat 4 Sep 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1917
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