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11 May 2016

Blacklisted workers win millions in legal victory

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.

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8 October 2014

M25 maintenance workers protest

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

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IWGB strike at University of London , 27 and 28 November 2013, photo Ian Pattison

28 November 2013

London University: strike by support staff

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]

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15 October 2013

Blacklisting victory - now build union strength

It was a full house in the Bread and Roses pub for a noisy celebration by construction workers

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Cullum McAlpine of McAlpine Ltd giving evidence to a Commons Select Committee investigating the illegal activity of blacklisting, photo by BBC Panorama still

Cullum McAlpine of McAlpine Ltd giving evidence to a Commons Select Committee investigating the illegal activity of blacklisting, photo by BBC Panorama still

12 June 2013

Panorama: Blacklist Britain

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.

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Building workers fight pay cut: at Cardiff's Royal Infirmary 24 August, fighting Besna 2, led by electrician and TUSC candidate Andrew Wilkes, photo Sarah Mayo

Building workers fight pay cut: at Cardiff's Royal Infirmary 24 August, fighting Besna 2, led by electrician and TUSC candidate Andrew Wilkes, photo Sarah Mayo

29 August 2012

Building workers fight pay cut threat

Dozens gathered at Cardiff's Royal Infirmary on 24 August to support electricians taking action against "Besna 2"...

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4 July 2012

Workplace news in brief

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...

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Construction electricians gained a tremendous victory against the multinational Balfour Beatty and six other building contractors, photo by SP Wales

Construction electricians gained a tremendous victory against the multinational Balfour Beatty and six other building contractors, photo by SP Wales

24 February 2012

'Priceless victory' of sparks against the Dirty Seven

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

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22 February 2012

Second construction firm pulls out of BESNA contract

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...

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Construction workers protesting in Cardiff, 7.12.11,  photo Mariam Kamish

17 February 2012

Sparks defeat Balfours - now for total victory over BESNA!

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%

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17 February 2012

Victory! Balfour Beatty withdraws BESNA contracts

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...

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9 February 2012

Next construction workers' protests: Wednesday 15th February

Unite and the rank and file electricians committee have agreed the following protests for a day of action next Wednesday

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30 January 2012

Construction workers plan mass protest on Friday 3rd Feb

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

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Construction workers protesting in Cardiff, 7.12.11, photo Mariam Kamish

25 January 2012

Balfour Beatty re-ballot: Vote to strike again

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.

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23 August 2002

Public Services Not Private Greed

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...

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24 May 2002

Rail privatisation exposed

"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.

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17 May 2002

Privatisation Has Ruined Rail Safety

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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