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Posted on 9 November 2011 at 11:56 GMT

Sites shut as construction workers march through City of London

Construction workers, electricians, demonstration 9 November 2011, photo Neil Cafferky

Construction workers, electricians, demonstration 9 November 2011, photo Neil Cafferky   (Click to enlarge)

Today's national demonstration of construction workers in London started with a rank and file led protest outside the Pinnacle tower building site on Bishopsgate, near Liverpool Street station.

Construction workers - mainly electricians - have been conducting weekly protests on Wednesdays in different areas of the country against plans by seven of the major construction companies to slash their pay and worsen their terms and conditions.

This morning they came together in a national show of strength, moving on from the Pinnacle to pass by other building sites in the City, to a thousands-strong officially called Unite demo at the Shard site near London Bridge.

Rob Williams, chair, National Shop Stewards Network, addresses the Construction workers, electricians, demonstration 9 November 2011, photo by Neil Cafferky

Rob Williams, chair, National Shop Stewards Network, addresses the Construction workers, electricians, demonstration 9 November 2011, photo by Neil Cafferky   (Click to enlarge)

Workers from a number of sites joined the march, with some sites being shut down for the day, including at Kings Cross.

After the rally at the Shard, the march moved on to Blackfriars, to protest outside the large site there.

Construction workers, electricians, demonstration 9 November 2011, photo by Neil Cafferky

Construction workers, electricians, demonstration 9 November 2011, photo by Neil Cafferky   (Click to enlarge)

Rank and File committee member Steve Kelly symbolically set on fire a copy of the proposed deal from the bosses, and ripped it up in front of the crowd of thousands of protesting workers.

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