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London construction workers demand to join 30 November strikes

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2270

Unite union members in the London construction branch agreed unanimously to pass a motion including the following statement, at a meeting yesterday, Wednesday:

'At the JIB deskilling protest at Farringdon Station on 21 September, Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail announced her intention to organise a ‘National ballot of construction workers’.

“This is fantastic, however she followed this by explaining problems with membership lists…

'This should not stop our ballot. The employers have already started reneging on JIB agreements we need to ballot now. The branch demands that Unite organise a ballot immediately…

'We demand that Unite announce our intention to ballot for strike action before 30th November and we join public sector workers in their dispute.

'We demand a national meeting to coordinate our campaign open to all construction workers we also demand a national recruitment campaign to build for this strike.'

Construction workers will keep up their programme of protest next Wednesday, when they plan to protest at King’s Cross station.

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