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National construction workers meeting aims to kickstart revolt

Issue No. 2315

Construction bosses are trying to turn back the gains made by rank and file electricians.

Electricians beat bosses’ attempts to tear up their national agreements last year. But now the Crown House contractor has withdrawn from the national agreement.

And thousands of construction workers have been laid off while the Olympics take place. Some subcontractors clearly intend to rehire on lower pay rates.

At the same time bosses at Ratcliffe on Soar have got rid of Unite union health and safety rep Jason Poulter. It was their second attempt after an unofficial strike of 600 workers won Jason’s job back.

But Spie Matthew Hall workers on site decided against coming out this time. This is partly due to falling numbers as the job comes to an end.

Talks continue on wages and the rest of the agreement on a national level. There is little indication of when they will end and with what result.

It is a year since the magnificent rank and file meeting in London that launched the campaign to beat the bosses’ Besna agreement.

A national rank and file meeting in Conway Hall this Saturday is an important opportunity to kickstart a campaign against the continuing onslaught against construction workers.

The national rank and file meeting is on Saturday 11 August, 2pm, at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL.


Blacklist protest against Balfour Beatty

The Blacklist Support Group and Unite Scottish Sparks rank and file group have called a protest against Balfour Beatty’s blacklist.

It takes place on Friday 24 August, 10am, at Balfour Beatty’s engineering services headquarters, Lumina Building, 40 Ainslie Road, Hillington Park, Glasgow G52 4RU.


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Tue 7 Aug 2012, 18:14 BST
Issue No. 2315
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