By a Staff Reporter THOUSANDS of Irish workers in Britain were estimated to have protested last week in support of the civil rights movement. Some stayed away from work and others gave a day's pay to aid Ulster refugees. Mr. Torn McDowell, chairman of the Birmingham branch of the Campaign for Social Justice in Northern Ireland, said about 7,000 Irish workers in Birmingham and Coventry were absent from work on Thursday.
The Irish Centre in Birmingham said it had received calls from workers saying they would not stage a token strike but would give a day's pay to the relief fund instead.
BUSES AND BUILDING
Mr. Donal 'Murphy, secretary of the Irish immigrant's Republican organisation in Britain, said: "We have had reports from Oxford, Aylesbury, Bristol, Glasgow, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Birmingham saying that a large percentage of Irish workers, especially in buses, car manufacturing. and building sites have stayed away from work."
In Birmingham, where civil rights demonstrators staged a four-mile march, the corporation said that 112 buses were off the road,