Around 40 workers came to a national meeting of rank and file construction workers in Liverpool last Saturday.
There was an interesting discussion about the Unite union’s leverage campaign.
This targets the Bam Ferrovial Kier consortium on the Crossrail project and exposes its practises to demand workers’ rights to organise on site.
The campaign follows the sacking of steward Frank Morris and other workers for sub-contractor EIS after they raised health and safety concerns.
Many saw leverage as a big shift on the union’s part. Activist Steve Kelly said that there would need to be walkouts, as well as leverage, to defend workers.
Workers will be more confident to take such action if they are active and think the union has a strategy that can win.
Socialist Worker supporters argued for more involvement of rank and file workers in Unite actions, and for a campaign to recruit to the union.
The meeting raised £400 for George Tapp, who was injured on an anti-blacklist protest last week.