AROUND 1,200 workers downed tools at BAe Systems after a workmate was sacked. The walkout involved shopfloor workers on the Eurofighter project at the Samlesbury plant near Preston. They held a mass meeting to demand the colleague's reinstatement and then walked out on Monday of last week.
A spokesperson for the unions in the plant said, 'They feel this man is being used as a scapegoat, and this has become a major issue. There is an appeal for him, but people on the shop floor want him reinstated. It was a spontaneous walkout.'