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Protesters march to defend the Bolton Two

Issue No. 2454

Protesters marched through the centre of Bolton last Saturday in support of two sacked university workers.

Bolton University bosses sacked Damien Markey and Jenny Markey for gross misconduct after critical stories about the university appeared in national newspapers. 

The newspapers confirmed that the workers did not provide the stories. The university threw out the workers’ appeals against the dismissals earlier this month. 

The workers’ unions, the UCU and Unison, organised the protest. 

The Bolton University Students’ Union has also backed the campaign for their reinstatement. It described the sackings as “vindictive”.

Protest backs up sacked workers

Unite union members protested in Mitcheldean in the Forest of Dean on Monday of this week.

The action was in defence of six Unite members, including Steve Barley, who were sacked by an agency after refusing to work for pay rates lower than those initially agreed.

One protester was a Polish worker. It was great to be part of a discussion about how all workers have the same interests and only bosses gain from division.

Huw Williams

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