Socialist Worker

Bosses get injunction to stop construction demos in Teesside

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2480

building bosses Suez have been granted an injunction against protests by construction workers in Haverton Hill in Teesside.

Suez is part of a consortium building a £200 million energy-from-waste plant at Wilton.

Protests have been held for more than six months over claims the consortium Sita Sembcorp UK is undercutting wages for migrant workers.

The injunction against trespass and the blockading of Suez’s site applies to protest organiser Tony Seaman, the Teesside Construction Committee and its supporters.

Activists say bosses on the site are not conforming to nationally agreed terms and conditions.

They have also been protesting at a lack of union access to workers at the project. This follows on-going concerns about health and safety.

Unions accused the company of using “legal diversionary tactics” to avoid talks.

The Unite union called on bosses to focus efforts on settling the wage rates dispute “instead of hiding behind court injunctions to divert attention from the core issues.”

The construction protests were set to continue as Socialist Worker went to press.

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