21 August 2007
Security staff 'were unfairly dismissed'
Four shop stewards at Belfast International Airport were unfairly dismissed from their jobs over three years ago, an industrial tribunal has ruled.
Gordon McNeil, Madan Gupta, Chris Bowyer and Malcolm Spencer, as well as 18 others, were sacked from their ICTS jobs after they went on strike over pay issues, the BBC reports.
Following the trial, the group has been awarded close to £600,000 in compensation, with the tribunal indicating that there was a case of unfair discrimination.
Commenting on the case, Mr McNeil said: "The tribunal decisions in our case now establish that shop stewards can legally resume suspended strikes with no legal requirement to give any notice to employers and that any shop steward who is victimised or sacked can claim political discrimination, rather than just unfair dismissal."
He added that the verdict is a victory for trade unions.
In related news, a pay-related strike threat has been made by members of the Heathrow and Gatwick-based GMB union, which is employed by the Emcor Facilities Services firm.