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O2's shareholder meeting descended into chaos today as workers tried to quiz execs over pay. Hecklers chanted "fat cat" as senior execs spoke to shareholders at the meeting in Reading.

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) - which picketed today's meeting as part of its demands for increased wages for its members - reported that employee shareholders were not allowed to ask questions. In some cases the microphone was switched off mid-sentence.

Some small shareholders were so upset by events they walked out in disgust.

O2 blamed a "hardcore" group of union members for the raucous meeting.

A spokesman for O2 told us: "The CWU said they would disrupt the meeting and they did. This was regrettable and a number of small shareholders walked out because of the hecklers."

Earlier the CWU had said that O2 employees were banned from attending today's meeting - something denied by O2. ®

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