Shaun Brady, who was sacked for gross misconduct from his role as general secretary of the train drivers’ union Aslef, has stared a new career as a publican.
Brady’s dismissal related to his failure to co-operate with an independent investigation into alleged financial irregularities.
He was suspended from office in May 2004 following a brawl at a union barbecue, although his subsequent dismissal was not related to that incident.
Brady said he had tried to return to his old job as a train driver but he “was unemployable in the railway industry”. Instead he has become landlord of the Castle Inn in Southampton.
“The regulars have made me and my wife Jane feel very welcome and I am glad to be moving on,” he told London’s Evening Standard. “It’s bloody hard work and I’m putting in really long hours. In fact I could do with a good trade union to represent me!