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Electric wildcat strike is winner

Issue No. 2130

Electricians at Fiddler’s Ferry power station in Cheshire have won their unofficial strike against lay-offs.

The 65 electricians worked for subcontractor BMSL, a recruitment agency in Salford, on the construction of a new gas plant next to the Warrington power station.

Sixty workers were laid off last month. The workers placed pickets on the site.

One of the electricians who walked out told Socialist Worker, “When they announced that they were sacking us, the contractors and the subcontractors blamed each other. But we weren’t having it.

“Nobody from any other trade crossed the picket so they had no choice but to get everyone back on site.”

The electricians were reinstated. Some 45 were taken on by another subcontractor, the rest staying with BMSL


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Tue 2 Dec 2008, 18:43 GMT
Issue No. 2130
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