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Soap girl fired for scribbling No Surrender.

A young mum was sacked after doodling sectarian slogans on a production line worksheet.

Soap factory worker June Reilly scribbled the name of a group with terrorist links on the back of it.

The 26-year-old also wrote Glasgow Rangers, Simply the Best, No Surrender, 1690 and God Bless the Queen.

Yesterday Reilly - who played in a flute band as a kid - launched an unfair dismissal claim. She told a tribunal: "It wasn't meant to offend or harm or abuse anyone."

Rangers-daft Reilly, of Cranhill, Glasgow, claims she was unfairly sacked by Soapworks Ltd in March last year.

She'd worked for over six years with the firm, which supplies soaps and cosmetics for high-street chains including The Body Shop.

Reilly told yesterday's hearing in Glasgow she was doodling while waiting for soap mixes to be made up at the firm's Easterhouse plant.

She said: "There is always tension when it comes to Rangers and Celtic games. We stay in the east end of Glasgow.

"Sectarianism happens every day at Soapworks. We all do it - day in, day out.

"It couldn't afford to be serious because our staff are a mixed company.

"It could get a bit on edge but I knew myself when to push and when to stop.

"I was just passing the time doodling on the back of the sheets because I didn't want to offend anyone.

"I now understand the seriousness of it."

The tribunal heard Reilly had two final warnings concerning her attendance shortly before her dismissal.

She was sacked for gross misconduct for her sectarian slogans and for forging her supervisor's signature.

One of the slogans was YCV - Young Citizens Volunteers - which the tribunal heard was the junior section of loyalist terror group the Ulster Volunteer Force.

During and after the hearing, Reilly refused to say whether she was a member of the YCV or any other group.

The tribunal will issue its decision at a later date.
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Author:Ellin, Tony
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 19, 1998
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