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Migrants paid less on construction site

25 August 2015
Construction unions GMB, Unite and Ucatt are demanding construction consortium Sita Semcorp pay migrant workers nationally agreed rates.

Sita Sembcorp workers protest to demand one rate for the job

18 August 2015
Friday saw the rank and file construction workers protest at all four gates of the ICI Wilton chemical works in Redcar, Teesside. This was to demand one rate for all workers as bosses try to get Romanian workers against other construction workers.

Canary Wharf protest forces construction bosses to follow the rules—instead of sacking the rep

28 July 2015
Rank and file construction workers and their supporters took on the Morgan Stanley Corporation on Monday of this week—and won.

Reports round up

21 April 2015
Edinburgh museums strike; Sellafield workers vote to strike; packaging strike suspended; Catching History on the Wing conference; Barking bins dispute

Blacklisted: How workers are taking on the building firms' spying racket

17 March 2015
Phil Chamberlain, co-author of new book Blacklisted: the secret war between big business and union activists, writes on workers' resistance and the impact of the bosses' blacklist

New call for Crossrail protests

10 March 2015
Around 80 people attended the national construction rank and file meeting in Glasgow last Saturday. 

Crossrail hit by more action

24 February 2015
Campaigners protested and blocked roads at the Whitechapel site of the Crossrail project in London on Monday of this week.

Four-day strike at refinery

18 November 2014
Workers at the Phillips 66 oil refinery in South Humberside walked out unofficially. Also: HTC Plant crane drivers vote on new offer, Blacklist protesters block Carrington building site

Police covered up their link to blacklisting of trade unionists

11 November 2014
A newly revealed document exposes that the police covered up its link to blacklisting of trade unionists.

Striking crane drivers stop major projects

11 November 2014
HTC Plant workers held the first of three one-day walkouts on Friday of last week. 

Cranes action will close building sites

04 November 2014
Crane drivers working for HTC Plant were set to strike on Friday of this week and shut major construction sites.

Crane drivers vote to strike over pay

28 October 2014
Crane operators could bring major construction sites across Britain to a halt after voting overwhelmingly for strikes.

Protests expose construction bosses' crocodile tears

28 October 2014
GMB and Ucatt union members held a protest against construction blacklisting outside Cleveland Bridge Ltd in Darlington on Tuesday of last week.

News round-up

30 September 2014
Wages could continue to fall for years to come; disabled child aged ten had to sleep in a dog cage; construction workers win improved toilet facilities after an unofficial strike

Victory for Essex electricians

02 September 2014
Some 13 electricians on a Romford rail site were set to be taken on directly by T Clarke as Socialist Worker went to press. 

Construction workers down tools over pay and safety at Sullom Voe gas plant

29 July 2014
More than 900 workers at Total’s Sullom Voe gas plant in the Shetland Isles downed tools on Wednesday of last week in a dispute over pay.

Construction workers protest over ‘umbrella’ tax

27 May 2014
Construction workers took part in a series of protests on Friday of last week. The protests were part of a national day of action against “umbrella” tax scams.

Construction workers round up

22 April 2014
Blacklisting; Agency workers; Workers' Memorial Day

Construction workers launch more wildcat action in fight for direct employment

15 April 2014
New employment rules for construction workers have caused angry walkouts and demands that construction firms employ their workers directly.

Construction bosses provoke anger with new tax scam

08 April 2014
Construction workers are resisting new attacks on the way they are employed. Changes to the rules governing self-employment should have made it harder for construction bosses to use bogus self-employment as a tax scam.

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