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Where now for construction jobs dispute?

Issue No. 2142

Workers were set to protest on Wednesday of this week at the Staythorpe construction site near Newark in Nottinghamshire and the Isle of Grain site in Kent. The ongoing campaign has targeted Spanish subcontractors at the Alstom company.

There is frustration over where the campaign is going. Some workers are arguing for refocusing the fight by attacking the subcontracting system rather than using “British jobs for British workers” as a slogan.

Construction workers were discussing the campaign on Monday and Tuesday at the joint Unite and GMB unions’ national shop stewards forum on the national agreement in Eastbourne. Watch this site for updates and report of the meeting.

GMB reps discuss EU Posted Directive

GMB union reps from across the construction industry met in London last Sunday to discuss the fight against employers ignoring the European Union Posted Directive.

A GMB member who was at the meeting said, “The view was clear – we want a national ballot over the issue to wake somebody up.

“Everybody said that we’ve got nothing at all against foreign workers, but we want a fair crack of the whip. People also said that we need more ‘lightning’ strikes, which had an effect at Immingham.”

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Tue 10 Mar 2009, 18:32 GMT
Issue No. 2142
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