By Simon Basketter
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Striking scaffolders take message to bosses’ dinner

Scaffolders won't take the attacks lying down
Issue 2790
Unite union member scuffles with security guard at entrance to posh dinner

Taking the battle to the Hurlingham Club (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Scunthorpe scaffolding workers resumed their strikes last week.

The workers, based on the British Steel site in Scunthorpe, are striking against Actavo, to fight for equal pay on the nationally agreed rate for the job.

The 62 workers have been striking since last October and returned to the picket line last week after holding a re-ballot following three months of action last autumn.

One worker said, “We demand parity pay with not only scaffolders in the local area but also scaffolders employed on the same site by different companies.

“We are asking to be paid in line with the national agreement. The reality is we have been severely underpaid for years and as each year passes, we fall further and further behind.”

Actavo was paying the scaffolders between 10-15 percent below the wage figure in the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry.

The workers in the Unite union maintain 500 scaffolding structures at the British Steel site.

Many of the workers have worked at the site for decades but their work has been outsourced repeatedly. This is the reason Acatvo bosses claim they don’t have to pay the national agreement wage.

The long-running dispute has seen solidarity protests at Actavo sites in Britain and Ireland and banner drops at Celtic football games. The owner of Actavo Denis O’Brien is one of the owners of the club.

Last Thursday strikers and supporters gatecrashed an awards ceremony for construction bosses at the exclusive Hurlingham Club in London.

The bosses’ back slapping event was met with noisy disruption despite some overzealous security guards.

On Friday morning workers blocked roads into British Steel at Scunthrope.

On Monday workers protested at Lindsey Oil Refinery. Altrad has scaffolders working for British Steel. At Lindsey Altrad scaffolders and other workers didn’t start work while the protest took place.

  • Messages of support to @UnitedScaffs on Twitter and Facebook or email [email protected] Donations to Sort Code:  60-83-01 Account No: 20173962 Name: Unite North East Region 1% Fund Reference:  Actavo Limited, Send to Unite, 55 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BW marked Actavo Dispute

 

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