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WORKERS at a Black Country factory who downed tools for a wildcat strike An employee work stoppage that is not authorized by the Labor Union to which the employees belong.

When employees join a union, they give the union the right to collectively bargain with their employers concerning the terms and conditions of work.
 over alleged racial abuse have been sacked by post, it was claimed last night.

Around 60 staff at Smethwick-based 2 Sisters Food Group had been suspended following the industrial action on September 2. Unions said the protests were sparked by the company's slow response to an alleged racist incident involving a security guard employed by a third-party contractor.

They claimed a senior shop steward A Labor Union official elected to represent members in a plant or particular department. The shop steward's duties include collection of dues, recruitment of new members, and initial negotiations for settlement of grievances. Cross-references

Labor Union.
 was suspended for complaining during work time to management about being racially abused by the guard.

But today 55 staff who protested are out of work having been told by mail yesterday their strike, which hadn't been sanctioned by Unite, was "unconstitutional unconstitutional adj. referring to a statute, governmental conduct, court decision or private contract (such as a covenant which purports to limit transfer of real property only to Caucasians) which violate one or more provisions of the U. S. Constitution. ," said union official Joe Clarke Joe “Joey” Clarke is a former U.S. soccer defender who currently coaches collegiate soccer at Washington University in St. Louis. Clarke spent six seasons in the North American Soccer League and one in the Major Indoor Soccer League. .

"They were dismissed by post," he said. "The letters said they had been sacked because the strike was 'unconstitutional action,' but there's been no proper hearing, process or anything - they've just been dismissed."

Mr Clarke added that sacked workers were due to meet at Unite's Birmingham HQ tomorrow to discuss their next move.

Nobody from 2 Sisters, which supplies chicken products to major names such as Tesco and Marks & Spencer, was immediately available for comment.

However, the company claimed last month it had launched disciplinary proceedings against its staff who took part in the strike.

In a statement last month, the firm said: "It is very sad and worrying that Unite and a small minority of employees are seeking publicity by promoting these ridiculous allegations."
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 4, 2009
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