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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 February 2021
Scaffolders' strike continues
Scaffolders on strike in Scunthorpe, photo: Alistair Tice (Click to enlarge)
Around 50 scaffolders, members of Unite employed by Brand Energy at Scunthorpe steelworks, are now in their fourth week of strike action.
They are striking for the industry-agreed Blue Book rate of pay, roughly a £2 an hour increase.
Having already taken three weeks of 48-hour strikes, they have ramped up the action to three days of strike action. This is to hit Brand, who are losing the contract, and send a clear message to the new contractors Activo that the scaffs are serious about getting the rate for the job.
This has forced Activo to offer talks in advance of starting the contract in March.
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In The Socialist 17 February 2021:
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Tory cladding money will not make us safe
Sham inquiry into 'progressive extremism' will not stop movements against capitalism
Cumbria mine: How can we fight for jobs and stop climate change?
Cryptocurrency bubble: Insanity of capitalism
News in brief
Online workers' rally: Taking fight to the bosses
SNP's independence referendum 2 'roadmap'
NHS white paper: no solution to failed Tory policies
Boot private companies out of our NHS
Covid workplace safety
Derby Toyota plant Covid crisis
Hackney teaching assistants strike against cruel and unnecessary job cuts
PCS: Reject the HMRC pay deal
Manchester Go North West bus drivers in all-out strike over fire and rehire dispute
London bus drivers set to strike over pay and conditions
Scaffolders' strike continues
Strike back for free education
Socialist Students conference - Sunday 28 February
Socialist Party Black and Asian caucus
Remembering Mohamud Hassan - continuing the fight against police brutality
How you can amplify the Socialist's voice - Help us build subscriptions to the Socialist
Swarming the London Mayor's question time
Southern new members meeting - a vivid illustration of the appetite for socialist ideas
Doing all we can to fund the anti-cuts stand at the ballot box
Film Review: Dear Comrades!
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