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Walkout at Fiddler's Ferry shocks power bosses

Issue No. 2128

Electricians at Fiddler's Ferry power station in Cheshire are on unofficial strike against lay-offs.

The 65 electricians work for subcontractor BMSL, a recruitment agency in Salford, on the construction of a new gas plant next to the Warrington power station – a site being built for Southern Electric.

Sixty workers were laid off on Friday sparking the walkout, which was continuing indefinitely as Socialist Worker went to press.

The site was shut down as others from the 500-strong workforce refused to cross the electricians' picket line on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

Unite union officer Colin Carr said, 'These workers are used to lay-offs but this is simply a case of false redundancy because of a row between contractors.

'There is three months work there. We have told both companies that our phones are on if they want to talk, but the workers need to have these lay‑offs removed.'

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Tue 18 Nov 2008, 19:32 GMT
Issue No. 2128
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