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'Blacklist' sparkies on picket line

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THREE electricians who protested outside a Manchester building site for 16 months were back on the picket lines this week claiming they were unfairly dismissed by another firm.

T&G members Steve Acheson, Graham Bowker and Tony Jones erected banners outside Bovis Lend Lease's Manchester Royal Infirmary project on Monday after being given a week's notice by subcontractor Logic Control Services.

Mr Bowker is a T&G shop steward and Tony Jones is a safety rep. The three allege they have been blacklisted for union activity, a claim which Logic denies.

Mr Acheson said: 'We think there is a clear case of discrimination and we are prepared to protest as long as it takes.' In 2003 the trio ? with a fourth T&G member, Sean Keaveney ? launched a 16-month picket against Cheltenham-based electrical firm DAF after being kicked off the Piccadilly Gardens site in Manchester in 2003 for engaging in union activity.