ALMOST 100 contract workers at the Swan Hunter shipyard on North Tyneside have been sacked after walking out over pay. The men, working for C & D Industrial Services, held an unofficial strike and a few days later were told they had lost their jobs.
The contract workers said their pay was less than that of other workers at the yard despite some having been there for up to 20 years. Dave Harrison, a spokesperson for the Amicus union, said, 'They are all time-served craftsmen and they are receiving £1.95 an hour less than the time-served craftsmen who work directly for the yard. We are supporting them on the claim, but we cannot condone the walkout.'
When the sackings were announced stewards met to discuss their response. They decided not to go back immediately to the picket line, but to see what came from negotiations. The sacked workers were due to meet again this week, and had not ruled out a return to some form of action.
The union should be backing the workers 100 percent and calling on others to support them.