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Friction Dynamics

Issue No. 1827

SACKED WORKERS from Friction Dynamics have won a victory at an industrial tribunal. The tribunal ruled that the 86 workers were unfairly sacked from the North Wales factory eight weeks after going on strike against a 15 percent wage cut. The workers have maintained 24-hour picket lines for the 18 months since they were sacked.

John Davies, one of the strikers, said, 'We had a lot of support, especially from Third World countries, who said, 'If you lose, we won't stand a cat in hell's chance'.' The workers are determined to keep picketing until their compensation is paid out.

And Patricia Hewitt, head of the Department of Trade and Industry, has promised the TGWU that she will review the eight-week rule which allowed bosses to sack their workers after eight weeks on strike.

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Sat 23 Nov 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1827
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