TUC calls for law change on sacking strikers

The
TUC is calling for the Government to change the law on sacking striking
workers.

Following
the sacking of 87 workers by American-owned Friction Dynamex, the union says
laws that allow workers to be dismissed after being on strike for eight weeks
are wrong.

Bill
Morris, General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers’ Union, said:

"It
is sad that today we stand witness to what must be one of the longest running
industrial disputes in the UK. The workers here went on strike to defend
themselves against savage cuts to their terms and conditions and an attack on
their trade union. Before taking strike action, they met all the legal
requirements, but their reward for defending their jobs and conditions was the
sack.

"The
employer here has exploited the lack of protection for workers engaged in
lawful dispute by dismissing them after eight weeks. The T&G stands
shoulder to shoulder in support of our members in their campaign for justice.

"Britain’s
competitiveness depends on the UK Government giving fair protection to workers
and rights which are no less than those enjoyed by workers throughout the rest
of the European Union."

By Quentin Reade

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