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Sacked 85 land pay-out

A GROUP of 85 scaffolders belonging to the electrical and engineering union AEEU have been awarded £100,000 after an industrial tribunal ruling.

The tribunal found that the men had lost their jobs without proper consultation.

The scaffolders had been made redundant by contractor Howlett Marine, which was working on a contract at the Swan Hunter shipyard on the Tyne.

The scaffolders had won the right to be classified as craftsmen earning them a higher hourly rate shortly before they were made redundant.

AEEU regional official Gerry Hunter, representing the scaffolders, said: 'We argued that the company had no excuse to make redundancies without proper consultation and the tribunal agreed with us.'

But company director Hossain Babadi has vowed to fight the decision which, he said, could force his company under.

'All the men were paid one week in lieu of notice and I think we have good grounds for appeal,' he said.