Builder thrown out of union for swearing

Grant Prior 6 years ago
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Former Ucatt leadership candidate Mick Dooley has been thrown out of the union for swearing.

The move follows a complaint by Ucatt member Terry Renshaw after he saw a video on YouTube of Dooley addressing a rally of electricians during their recent protests against the BESNA pay deal.

Renshaw complained that Dooley swore while talking to the crowd with a megaphone.

Renshaw is one of the original “Shrewsbury 24” pickets convicted over strike action in the building industry in 1972.

He is leading calls for a judicial review of the convictions and claimed Dooley’s actions have harmed his case because the bad language took place in front of a Shrewsbury pickets banner.

The highest profile member of the Shrewsbury 24 is actor Ricky Tomlinson who’s catchphrase is “My Arse”.

Renshaw’s complaint states: “In the video he (Dooley) is standing in front of a banner which has the Shrewsbury pickets on it, including my face.”

He claims Dooley’s action could “jeopardise” the pickets chances of getting a Court of Appeal hearing after 40 years.

Dooley appeared at a disciplinary hearing last month but had to leave early because of work commitments.

The Executive Council heard the charges in his absence and withdrew his union membership.

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