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Reinstate UCU activists Damien and Jenny Markey

by Martin McMulkin
Issue No. 2447

A packed meeting called at half a days notice on Friday of last week vowed to fight for the reinstatement of sacked trade unionists Damien and Jenny Markey. 

University of Bolton UCU union branch secretary Damien was hauled before bosses at 30 minutes notice the week before and summarily dismissed.

Three days later his wife Jenny, a university admin worker and Unison union member, was also sacked.

University authorities are angry and embarrassed at several stories in the national press alleging a cavalier misuse of public money. This includes a loan of £960,000 to the vice chancellor to buy a large house seven times the average local house price.

Bosses sacked Damien and Jenny claiming, without any evidence, that Damien was the source of the stories but the journalists who broke them deny this.

UCU and Unison members were joined at the meeting by leading trade unionists. Plans were made to launch a campaign, including industrial action, to win Damien and Jenny’s reinstatement.

Bolton trades council chair Neil McAlister pledged to raise solidarity from local trade unions and called on UCU and Unison regional officials to call a national demo in defence of trade union rights in Bolton. 

Messages of support can be sent to Jenny and Damien via Bolton Trades Council at


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Tue 31 Mar 2015, 15:59 BST
Issue No. 2447
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