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After electricians' victory over Balfour Beatty - the protests continue

by Alan Kenny
Issue No. 2290

Protesters at Morrisons in Camden, north London, complain about its dealings with construction firm NG Bailey (Pic: Alan Kenny)

Protesters at Morrisons in Camden, north London, complain about its dealings with construction firm NG Bailey (Pic: Alan Kenny)


Electricians protested outside several Morrisons stores across Britain today, Saturday.

Morrisons has a multi-million pound contract with the firm NG Bailey.

NG Bailey is one of six construction firms trying to tear up workers’ current JIB national agreement and impose a new agreement known as Besna.

This would cut wages by up to a third and introduce a new lower unskilled grade of electrician.

In London around 80 people gathered at the Camden Morrisons on Chalk Farm Road. Members of the Unison union in Camden joined them.

The store manager told protesters that he’d phoned the regional director to explain what was happening.

Many of Morrisons’ customers were very angry when they heard of its involvement with NG Bailey.

One said, “I really feel bad now. If I’d have known I wouldn’t have gone in. I won’t be shopping at Morrisons any more.”

In Salford around 30 protested at Morrisons and in Glasgow 30 construction workers went into the store and leafleted.

There was also a protest at Morrisons in Edinburgh and electricians in Wales protested outside the Welsh Labour Party conference.

The biggest company trying to attack electricians, Balfour Beatty, pulled out of the Besna agreement yesterday in the face of an imminent strike call.

Electricians are determined to force the remaining companies to join Balfour Beatty in its climbdown and scrap Besna.


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Sat 18 Feb 2012, 17:10 GMT
Issue No. 2290
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