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Blacklisted construction worker is no ‘terrorist’

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2175

A bizarre attempt by the bosses to use the anti-terror laws against a blacklisted construction worker was dismissed as fantasy by a judge on Wednesday of last week.

Scottish and Southern Energy tried to serve an injunction on electrician Steve Acheson, but the case was dismissed at the High Court.

The firm wanted to ban him from holding peaceful protests at Fiddlers Ferry power station, Cheshire, where he worked until his sacking in December.

The company claimed Steve’s protest was “a threat to the energy supplies of this country” and accused him of “inciting” the workforce to commit acts contrary to the national interest.

Gaby Dosanjh-Pahil, representing the company, argued that Steve should be restrained from trespassing on grass verges outside the perimeter fence of the power station.

However, High Court judge Justice Mann said the claims were “fanciful to the point of paranoia”.

Justice Mann added, “This court exists to grant injunctions in urgent cases.

“It does not exist to grant injunctions which might be thought to be convenient to applicants.”

Sacked

Steve has been protesting outside the security fence the power station since he was sacked by subcontractor BMSL.

Steve is one of the 3,000 names on a construction industry blacklist used by the biggest companies.

Steve said, “I am just so relieved. I have been protesting for the past 44 weeks.

“I want to get back into work, so I will continue protesting back at the site.

“In the past four years I have worked just 16 weeks. Before my name appeared on this list I had regular work, no problem.”

The judge awarded costs to Steve. A number of blacklisted construction workers attended the hearing and held a solidarity protest.


Strike at Cockenzie power station

Some 35 workers at Cockenzie power station in Scotland struck on Monday over pay and conditions.

Workers for engineering firm Doosan Babcock downed tools on Monday after voting unanimously in favour of strike action.

Coal and ash workers had rejected a 1 percent pay rise and improvements to sick pay.

The workers, who are employed to shovel coal and clear away ash, earn little more than the minimum wage.


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Tue 27 Oct 2009, 18:37 GMT
Issue No. 2175
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