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Union official to sue over sacking he claims was illegal

George Scott (File photograph)

A senior official at a trade union is to sue after he claimed he was fired against its rules.

George Scott, an executive officer at the Bermuda Industrial Union for 18 years, launched the action through law firm Wakefield Quin.

Mr Scott said earlier that he still held the position of chief union organiser, despite a letter from Chris Furbert, the BIU president, dated May 26 that dismissed him.

The letter accused Mr Scott of undermining Mr Furbert’s leadership and the integrity of the union.

Mr Scott said in June that Mr Furbert called the police to eject him from the BIU headquarters on Union Square, in Pembroke.

Police later confirmed that Mr Scott, who said he left the building of his own accord, was not arrested.

Mr Scott, who said he will run for the position of president in an election next March, insisted that members of the union executive could be fired only by a vote at a special delegates’ conference.

The writ was lodged on July 6.