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MP meets firm over sackings.

Workers at a Black Country factory sacked after a wildcat strike over alleged racial abuse have been offered hope of a reprieve after bosses agreed to talk with MP Khalid Mahmood.

The Labour member for Perry Barr could meet with West Bromwichbased 2 Sisters Food Group, which supplies chicken products to major names such as Tesco and Marks & Spencer.

He will be hoping to win back the jobs of 54 workers who were dismissed by post at the weekend for their unofficial strike 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.

However, company bosses, who said they did not tolerate racism, said they were willing to speak with the politician.

Along with five Unite shop stewards who could yet be sacked, the workers had been suspended on full pay since their industrial action at a factory in Smethwick.

Mr Mahmood, who was at a meeting between workers and union officials at Unite's Birmingham HQ following Saturday's dismissals, condemned the company, but said he wanted to broker a solution.

He said: "I'm happy to take part in negotiations with the company. The most important thing is getting these workers their jobs back."

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