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Fight to defend jobs for all at Ferrybridge

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2376

Construction workers were set to protest at the Ferrybridge waste into fuel power plant in West Yorkshire on Wednesday of this week.

The main engineering contractor, Hitachi Zosen INOVA, has ordered major boiler components from a supplier Jacobwitz. Jacobwitz uses agency Fabrique En Belge to provide up to 89 skilled welders.

Most of these contract workers are Spanish.

The GMB and Unite unions say the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NACIE, or blue book) is being broken.

The blue book sets out national pay and work conditions that contractors and sub-contractors must adhere to. 

It also says there should be a priority for local workers. 

There is much frustration on sites over lack of action from the top of the unions. 

Of course, many workers are sick of the way they are being treated on sites.   

They’ve had enough of being blacklisted and forced to travel long distances to find work.

But we should not give concessions to the idea that any solution for construction workers is to prioritise one group of workers over others. 

We should fight to bring workers together into the unions—to defend conditions and jobs for all workers.

Bosses want to break the national agreement again.

A militant campaign that argues for a decent national agreement that applies to all is what is needed. 

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Tue 22 Oct 2013, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2376
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