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Ucatt's battle with Vascroft was indeed ridiculous, but not in the way implied


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!

Michael Dooley
Regional organiser, Ucatt
South East Region Office
London SW4