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Friction Dynamics dispute at industrial tribunal

Issue No. 1822

STRIKING WORKERS who were sacked by their millionaire boss took their case to an industrial tribunal last week. The 87 workers were employed at the Friction Dynamics car components factory in Caernarfon, North Wales. They went on strike in April 2001 when boss Craig Smith imposed a 15 percent pay cut.

The workers argue that Smith planned to smash the TGWU union in the plant so he could attack pay. The workers were sacked under an anti-union law permitting workers involved in legal strikes for eight weeks to be sacked. The tribunal is continuing.

Send donations to 7A Victoria Chambers, Crown Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 1SY. Make cheques payable to 'TGWU (Dispute Fund)'.

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Sat 19 Oct 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1822
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