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Steve Godward

Issue No. 1841

WEST MIDLANDS fire bosses have taken an incredibly spiteful decision to victimise not only a well known union activist but to make his three year old son suffer too. Fire chiefs have ordered toddler Connor Godward to quit his nursery.

His father, Steve Godward, was sacked on 2 December last year in what the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) believes is a clear case of victimisation. Steve is now taking the appeal against his sacking to John Prescott, the final stage under disciplinary regulations. But rather than wait for that appeal, the fire authority has kicked Steve's son out of the brigade-run nursery, where the staff want him to stay and his special needs are met.

Steve Godward says, 'To unfairly dismiss me was bad enough. But to attack my three year old son is the lowest of the low. All we asked was that Connor could stay at the nursery until my appeal outcome.' The FBU has agreed to ballot the West Midlands brigade for industrial action to win Steve's reinstatement.

BALLOT papers for strike action to win reinstatement for sacked activist Simon Green went out to Hampshire FBU members last week.

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Sat 8 Mar 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1841
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