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Ucatt members protest against the treatment of fellow official

CONSTRUCTION union Ucatt official Bryan Rye returned to the site where he was attacked yesterday (Thursday) as his supporters staged a protest outside the Hochtief/Murphy Channel Tunnel Rail Link site in Kent.

Up to 50 officials and activists including London and South East regional secretary Lou Lewis were expected outside the site entrance to see members and fellow workers.

The strong union presence comes after three security guards restrained Mr Rye three weeks ago as he attempted to enter the Swanscombe site to talk to workers. Mr Rye had to be treated in hospital for minor injuries.

He said: 'We want to come onto the site to talk to the lads. If we can't come in, we'll just speak to them outside.

'Murphy has offered me an off-site office to talk to workers which means that the men have to get permission to leave the site to come and see me. It's totally unsatisfactory and tantamount to intimidation.'