An industrial dispute erupted at the heart of the UK banking industry when an unemployed electrician took his fight to the doors of Morgan Stanley.
Graham Boxall, along with fellow Unite union members, held a protest outside the bank’s offices where he had been working for a sub contractor.
He believes he was sacked for asking for full-time work.
The father-of-two from Essex, said he had been taken on by D And D Electrical Contractors to carry out work on a refurbishment of Morgan Stanley’s offices in Canary Wharf on Monday, July 20.
D And D was used by contractor Phoenix to do work for its banking client.
Five days later he said he was told he was sacked – the same day he was made a union representative by fellow workers on the site.
Graham had believed he and his colleagues were entitled to full-time employment under the JIB – an industrial agreement between unions and electrical contractors.
“It happened after I was made spokesman for other union members, I went back to the site and was told by my manager that I was sacked,” he said.
“When I asked why, I was told I was incompetent, and that my work was no longer needed.
“I asked if it had anything to do with my involvement in the union, and they said it had nothing to do with that.”
The demonstration took place on Monday, July 27, and featured members of the Unite union and the Socialist Party.
Mr Boxall said he wanted to resolve the situation and get back to work as soon as possible, adding: “Both sides now need to put their toys back in their prams and discuss this properly.”
The Wharf has attempted to contact D And D Electrical Contractors for a comment but has so far received no response.