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Sparks fly at another Manc site

NEWS

MANCHESTER electricians are to protest outside another major site in the city tomorrow (Friday) after 12 men were laid off for asking for holiday pay.

The protest - outside Bovis Lend Lease's £113 million Civil Justice Centre - is by the TGWU/EPIU union supported by members of construction union Ucatt and engineering union Amicus.

The men were working for Wigan firm L&K Electrical, which is subcontracting for main M&E subcontractor Hills Electrical on the project.

TGWU/EPIU activist Steve Acheson - currently protesting at Bovis Lend Lease's Manchester Royal Infirmary scheme after being laid off - said: 'These men have suffered a detriment for asking for their statutory rights and unless this is resolved we will be putting in a regular presence.'

It is understood some of the men, who were working on CIS cards, have been taken back on by Hills. L&K has ceased work on the Civil Justice Centre.

An L&K spokesman said: 'We have said to the men we will pay their holiday pay, but under the rate Hills were paying us we couldn't afford it.'