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Killer building sites shut down

16 April 2013
One in three building sites in Wales and south west England has recently failed a safety inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). 

Tens of thousands more names could have been on blacklists

18 October 2012
New evidence has emerged of tens of thousands of workers being on blacklists. The scale of the blacklist may be far larger than previously thought—and it goes well beyond the construction industry.

Construction workers protest at Leeds Arena building site

09 October 2012
Around 30 protesters converged on the Leeds Arena construction site on Friday of last week.

Crossrail bans safety rep—and then a gantry collapses

02 October 2012
Rank and file electricians are warning that targeting union reps for raising safety concerns could lead to tragedy on the Crossrail project. A major accident at Westbourne Park in west London last week shows that the dangers are very real.

Electricians block Oxford Street in protest against blacklisting

26 September 2012
Rank and file electricians and their supporters blocked Oxford Street in central London during rush hour this evening, Wednesday.

Australian construction workers 'ready to rumble' over rights

04 September 2012
Construction workers in Melbourne, Australia, are blockading building sites in a battle over union rights. They are fighting against Grocon building boss Daniel Grollo.

Electricians face a new attack on pay agreement

21 August 2012
Around 50 electricians and their supporters held a protest in London on Friday of last week. They were targetting construction company Crown House which has announced plans to pull out of the JIB national pay agreement.

Barrister exposes how the law lets workers down

08 May 2012
Struck Out by David Renton Pluto Press, £17.50

Damning judgement over blacklisting

17 April 2012
Employment judges slammed the lack of legal protection for construction worker Dave Smith in a judgement released last week.

Police and spies under fire for their blacklist collusion

06 March 2012
The scandal of companies blacklisting construction workers hit the mainstream media at the weekend when the Observer reported on the case of Dave Smith.

How electricians' campaign humbled multinationals

28 February 2012
Electricians won a stunning victory last week when they stopped bosses imposing worse contracts.

‘We’ve beaten bosses over Besna - now let’s fight for better rights’

28 February 2012
Defeating bosses over the hated Besna contracts has boosted workers’ confidence.

Electricians win historic victory

28 February 2012
Rank and file electricians have won. They have beaten the building bosses who wanted to tear up their terms and conditions and slash their pay.

Victory: Electricians defeat building bosses

23 February 2012
Rank and file electricians have won. They have beaten the building bosses who wanted to tear up their terms and conditions and slash their pay.

Electricians protest in Bradford and London as boss declares Besna 'finished'

22 February 2012
Update (Wed, 4.30pm): NG Bailey has now withdrawn from Besna.

Dancing against construction bosses

21 February 2012
As part of the campaign, up to 300 construction workers took their fight to the building bosses last Wednesday.

Judge rejects construction firm’s anti-strike injunction claims

21 February 2012
Balfour Beatty failed to obtain an injunction against the Unite union at the High Court last Thursday.

Leon Kuhn: Balfour Beaten

21 February 2012

Balfour Beatty court defeat gives green light for electricians’ strike

16 February 2012
Electricians at construction firm Balfour Beatty are set to strike officially, after bosses’ attempts to use the anti-union laws to stop them failed.

Build for a national electricians’ walkout

24 January 2012
Electricians protested in Glasgow, Manchester and London last week.

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