What KCOM Groundsmen Say As Jeremy Corbyn Tweets Them His Support
Darell, 55, was says he was also told he was being sacked for working as a kit man for Hull FC while Mark claims he was told another reason for his dismissal was down to ordering too much grass treatment product and for allowing casual workers to turn up and repair divots in return for a match ticket.
Both men insist they did nothing to warrant their dismissal and were never given any warnings beforehand.
They say they are not looking for compensation but just want their jobs back, and have set up a crowdfunding page to hire Gosschalks Solicitors to fight their case and take their bosses to an employment tribunal which has so far raised £5,900.
In a tweet this week Mr Corbyn said: “Support Darrell & Mark in their fight for justice & to be reinstated to the jobs they love, for the clubs they love.”
Darrell and Mark are both delighted to receive such high profile backing.
In a statement they said: “We are obviously delighted that Jeremy Corbyn publicised our case to his 1.3 million Twitter followers. We are very grateful for that.
“We hope it means more people will now visit our crowdfunding page and donate. We remain committed to fighting for justice and to get our jobs back.
“Now that we know the Employment Tribunal hearing is at the end of October we know we have four months of hard work ahead. When we get support from somebody like Jeremy Corbyn it gives us a huge lift.”
In a joint statement, the two men previously told the Mail: “We wouldn’t normally be able to afford a legal challenge like this against such formidable opposition. There is no access to legal aid and we didn’t earn big salaries so we hope the people at SMC understand why we had no choice but to take this route.
“We look forward to the day we can hold our heads high again and get back to work providing both Hull City and Hull FC with a playing surface both clubs and their fans can be proud of.”
Darrell, of Sproatley, previously said: “This is a job I have done for 27 years and there was no indication anything like this was coming.
“Both myself and Mark have worked for the SMC for 16 years. We have never been in any troubled or had any reprimand so this came out of the blue.”
The Stadium Management Company has denied the two men were unfairly dismissed.
The employment tribunal will be held from October 25-27. Their campaign has been called Pitch For Justice and you can go to their crowdfunding page to donate.
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