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13 December 2017
Hundreds of construction workers took part in the national day of action against blacklisting on 6 December called by Unite the Union
12 December 2017
54 electricians were locked out by Balfour Beatty
11 May 2016
Blacklisted workers have won millions of pounds in compensation after a long-running legal battle finally ended in victory. The total figure for compensation paid out by the blacklisting firms is estimated at £50 million with an additional £200 million worth of legal costs.
8 October 2014
M25 maintenance workers protested on 8 October outside Balfour Beatty offices in central London against attacks on terms and conditions. Unite's Malcolm Bonett explains the situation
28 November 2013
After a two-day strike on 27 and 28 November low-paid workers at University of London (UoL) have won important concessions [Updates added 29.11.13 and 04.12.13]
15 October 2013
It was a full house in the Bread and Roses pub for a noisy celebration by construction workers
12 June 2013
TV review: "Unfortunately there are people in this life who do cause trouble. I can't say whether people on that list caused genuine trouble but certainly I know some of them would have.", writes Neil Cafferky.
29 August 2012
Dozens gathered at Cardiff's Royal Infirmary on 24 August to support electricians taking action against "Besna 2"...
4 July 2012
On 26 and 27 June, around 40 Balfour Beatty construction workers went on strike with the intention of making the company stick to earlier promises that workers could expect a four-day weekend in return for working 17 consecutive 12 hour days...
24 February 2012
The tremendous victory of construction electricians against the multinational Balfour Beatty and six other building contractors, confirmed yesterday, is a hugely significant moment for these workers and the rest of the union movement
22 February 2012
Following Balfour Beatty pulling out of the new BESNA contract last Friday, another of the 'dirty 7' construction firms - NG Bailey - has now followed suit...
17 February 2012
Led by the 'rank and file' committee, after six months of protests, unofficial walkouts and a threatened strike, Balfour Beatty has pulled out of the BESNA contract which will cut skilled consruction workers' wages by up to 35%
17 February 2012
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has backed down on imposing contracts which would have terminated long-held agreements, leading to pay cuts of up to 30% and poorer terms and conditions for key construction staff...
9 February 2012
Unite and the rank and file electricians committee have agreed the following protests for a day of action next Wednesday
30 January 2012
On 2nd February the ballot result for Balfour Beatty workers will be known. Unite the union is expecting a legal challenge. But come what may, a mass protest is planned at Blackfriars station on 3rd February at 7am and 7pm
25 January 2012
The next two weeks are absolutely vital in the construction electricians' struggle against the employers' imposition of the Besna contract, writes Rob Williams, National Shop Stewards Network chair.
23 August 2002
Privatisation is a con, it's official. Parliament's public accounts committee recently warned that it was impossible to tell whether the returns for industry from privatisation...
24 May 2002
"If It Costs Money It Just Gets Ignored": THE DIRE effects of privatisation aren't just felt in the maintenance of the railway track. An engineer explained to The Socialist what it's like working on train maintenance for the privatised railways.
17 May 2002
A RAILWAY engineer told The Socialist how the safety of passengers and staff has been compromised under privatisation and explained rail workers' attitude towards disaster such as that at Potters Bar
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