Angry workers marched into a clothing company chief’s office, stripped him half-naked and then beat him up in front of police and millions of viewers on live TV in a row over pay.

Henryk Walus, CEO of apparel firm Szczecin, was targeted by a gang of shipyard workers after one of his employees attended a rally organised by the dockers and told how they had not been paid for months.

Up to 20 men then stormed Walus’ office and assaulted him while police and press watched. He eventually managed to struggle free and escape to hospital where he was treated for head and chest injuries.

He left hospital 24 hours later but that was not the end of his ordeal - he was promptly sacked by the board. Police chiefs have launched a probe into why their officers did not stop the attack.