Socialist Worker


Issue No. 1864

THE BOSS of car parts manufacturer Friction Dynamex has done a runner, putting 93 workers on the dole and leaving 86 others battling to get compensation cash they are entitled to.

US businessman Craig Smith announced last week, during the firm's summer shutdown, that the North Wales company had gone bankrupt. It has been the scene of Britain's longest running current industrial dispute. Smith recently lost an employment tribunal case that was launched by 86 workers who claimed unfair dismissal when he sacked them after eight weeks of official strike action.

The workers' compensation package was due to be decided in December. But Smith appealed against the decision and has not paid them a penny. The injustice the sacked workers face is a stark warning to all workers. Many groups and individuals are often told going to an employment tribunal is a viable alternative to hard-hitting industrial action and looking for active solidarity from other workplaces.

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Sat 16 Aug 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1864
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