Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1139/32703

From The Socialist newspaper, 22 June 2021

Gateshead: Bosses sack sparks protesting for safety measures

The sacked sparks form a picket line

The sacked sparks form a picket line   (Click to enlarge)

Elaine Brunskill, North East Socialist Party

Solidarity to rank-and-file electricians who have been sacked because they downed tools at Amazon's warehouse, under construction at Follingsby Park, Gateshead.

The sparks' walk-out was reporedly against the highly dangerous practice by the electrical contractor SIS Systems of using labourers to connect up electrical work. The sparks are resolute they cannot tolerate this approach. As one picket explained: "We're told if we see something unsafe stop the job, but if you stop the job, they sack you."

There was seething anger that lives were being put at risk for the sake of profit. One spark pointed out: "It's not water we're messing about with, its electricity. If the work isn't done correctly it can cause fires and kill people." Also, that there was anger that the contractor is prepared to risk lives for the sake of a few pounds per hour - the difference between the pay of an electrician who has been through an apprenticeship, and an unskilled labourer.

It's an attempt by bosses to drive down wages and conditions.

The picket line outside Amazon's warehouse was very peaceful. However, the police were called by site security. Many of the sacked workers were indignant that the police weren't prepared to do anything against the contractors who were breaking health and safety rules, but were clearly there at the behest of the bosses.

SIS Systems has said that if there are any "issues of threatening behaviour, sabotage or any trouble whatsoever then nobody will be paid by SIS for the week." By far the biggest threat is from unscrupulous SIS Systems who are contemptuous of the health and safety of workers in the warehouse.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 22 June 2021:


What we think

Chesham and Amersham by-election


NHS

NHS in crisis - 'It's time for action'

Outsourced London hospital workers fight for better pay

Leicester private healthcare tragedy

Exeter Trades Council backs NHS protests


News

Northern Ireland and Brexit

Sacking non-vaccinated care workers will not save lives

Furlough reduction risks job losses

Building back better? Fight for a socialist recovery

Anti-protest bill breaches human rights

Tories deliberately underfund childcare


Unite election

Unite general secretary contest: Vote for Sharon Graham


NSSN conference 2021

NSSN conference 2021: When given a lead workers will fight


Women

Women and the criminal 'injustice' system

Tory review won't deliver justice for rape victims


International

Iran's presidential election

Are Biden's immigration policies a break with Trump's?


Workplace news

Interview with newly elected Unison NEC member and hospital worker

Gateshead: Bosses sack sparks protesting for safety measures

Oaks Park school strike against bully bosses

Leicestershire engineers' fifth week of strikes against fire and rehire

DVLA dispute: Escalation needed

Warehouse workers fight 50% cut in redundancy pay

Carmarthenshire: Fighting for trade union recognition at council-owned company


Campaigns

TUSC calls for local 'People's Budget' campaigns

Youth Fight For Jobs: more urgent than ever

London Socialist Party young members' day school

'Socialism is the hope of the world'

Fighting Fund target smashed!


Readers' Opinion

Book review: Shuggie Bain

Response to Observer article on China


 

Home   |   The Socialist 22 June 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Electricians:

triangleStop press: Sparks walk out

triangleGateshead: Sacked electricians reinstated

triangleRank and file sparks at the Amazon construction site at Follingsby Park, Gateshead, protesting on the day before they achieved victory by being reinstated.

triangleSparks win victory!

triangleReading, 26.5.21: Standing with the #Sparks blockading #AWE in the fight against de-skilling #No2ESO. NG Bailey & Balfour Beatty must pull away from their deskilling agenda!

Gateshead:

triangleLocked down, hard up - Fight back!

triangleAdding demands to the weekly claps

triangleGateshead FC crisis: save our Heed!

triangleHuge crowd turns out to hear Jeremy Corbyn

Workers:

triangleSomers 'slaughterhouse' Forge

triangleTrade unionists in the USA fighting back

triangleWakefield TUSC - Fighting for low-paid workers and NHS

Health and safety:

triangleUnions must fight for Covid workplace safety

triangleDVLA ballot turnout falls short of threshold

Amazon:

triangleFilm review: Nomadland

Construction:

triangleScunthorpe scaffs strike into fifth week

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

26/1/22

Waltham Forest

Eviction resistance on the march in Waltham Forest

26/1/22

Trade unions

Trade unions and the fight against council cuts

26/1/22

London

Barts NHS workers strike back

26/1/22

Higher Education

Universities: Strike action at 68 in two disputes

26/1/22

East London

Oaks Park School: valiant strike exposed state of schools

26/1/22

Harlow

War in Yemen, made in Harlow, profit for rich

26/1/22

Coventry

Somers 'slaughterhouse' Forge

26/1/22

Covid

UK Covid-19 mortality similar to Spanish Flu

26/1/22

Tory

It's my party, and I'll lie if I want to

26/1/22

Southampton

Hundreds protest to save St Mary's Leisure Centre in Southampton

26/1/22

TUSC

Wakefield TUSC - Fighting for low-paid workers and NHS

26/1/22

NUS

This is students' chance to fight back - help build 2 March NUS walkout

26/1/22

The Socialist

Selling the Socialist

26/1/22

Education

Education: Workload and inflation goes up, incomes fall

26/1/22

Waterways

Britain's waterways choked with a 'chemical cocktail'

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


January 2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999