Reading your article about Vascroft and the Vekaria brothers (‘Vekarias outlast Amin and the National Front’, August 30) brought back happy memories. It was said: “Michael Dooley decided to occupy a tower crane on a Vascroft job.”
I certainly did struggle to walk when I finally came off the crane, as they recall, but the hot August sun and three days without food and water had had their effects.
The Vekaria brothers were right: the situation was ridiculous.
It took four years of Ucatt persuasion to resolve our differences. So, I do wish the Vekaria brothers and their workers a prosperous future.
I am sure that this union – official will be visiting Vascroft – not with my head in the clouds – to ensure that its workers are also reaping the benefits of the company’s phenomenal success.
Hopefully the media-shy brothers will remain that way.
If not, I could do with a week’s holiday on top of a tower crane – losing some weight!
Regional organiser, Ucatt
South East Region Office