Socialist Worker


Issue No. 1854

CORPORATE conscience was switched off once more last week, leaving electricians in Manchester with no alternative but to take industrial action. Employers Crown House & DAF, who hold the lucrative construction contract for Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens and Court House sites, attempted to end a dispute by sacking skilled members of their workforce.

The electricians, members of the TGWU union, have been in dispute over serious pay issues. The employers' use of unskilled electricians and serious breaches of health and safety regulations also disgusted them. The situation came to a head when the site's senior shop steward took the matter to his union authority. The employers had, without consent, taken money out of the workers' pay as a mandatory subscription fee to union Amicus.

Four workers were then sacked on the grounds of taking the matter to another union. The eight other union workers on the Piccadilly site walked out in a show of solidarity.

The twelve electricians from the site, along with others from around the area, picketed the construction site on Thursday of last week. The dispute will go to a ballot in the near future.

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Sat 7 Jun 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1854
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