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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 December 2021

Welcome support for striking Scunthorpe scaffolders

Scunthorpe scaffolders protest 13 December, 2021. Photo: Alisatir Tice

Scunthorpe scaffolders protest 13 December, 2021. Photo: Alisatir Tice   (Click to enlarge)

Alistair Tice, Yorkshire Socialist Party

Scunthorpe scaffolders, now in their 11th week of strike action, were given a huge boost on 1 December by the visit of Unite the Union general secretary Sharon Graham to the picket line at British Steel.

Sharon talked to pickets and did a 'question and answer' session on the gate. The scaffs want to reballot to continue the strike, so Sharon promised that the union will up the ante against contractor Actavo and British Steel, who still refuse to pay the national industry agreed 'NAECI' rate for the job.

This will include increasing Unite pressure inside British Steel as well as a leverage campaign targeting Actavo contracts around Britain and Ireland. The huge inflatable Unite 'rat' has appeared on the picket line which is appropriate as the R.A.T.S. rope access firm are reportedly dismantling Actavo scaffolding. In addition, a Unite leaflet distributed to incoming workers highlights an incident where "a worker was threatened with removal from site unless he undertook work for which he had no prior training... As a consequence he incurred musculoskeletal injuries to his shoulder and is off work."

Despite the mainstream and local media blackout, this long-running strike is gaining more support within the labour movement and even internationally. A Unite organisers team travelled to Ireland to publicly expose Scrooge billionaire boss Denis O'Brien, the majority shareholder of Actavo and second richest man in Ireland.

Michael, a Danish scaffolder, brought solidarity to the picket line from the Danish scaffolders union (who first read about the strike in the Socialist), with four Actavo strikers making a reciprocal visit to Denmark.

One of those, Calvin Courtney, writes: "After talking, we discovered scaffolders in the UK and Denmark have much in common, and a Danish scaffolder came to our picket line to show support. We have also flown over to Denmark and travelled the country meeting workers across all trades and learning about their workers' clubs. Meeting them and seeing their passion and solidarity with each other is amazing and very inspiring. Our members have stepped up the pressure on the strike now, and I think meeting the Danish workers has had an impact, inspiring us to do more. I'd like to thank them for donations to help the guys on strike but also for their experience, knowledge and solidarity which will help so much."

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In The Socialist 15 December 2021:


News

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Unions must fight for Covid workplace safety

Councils to make workers pay, again

Assange faces extradition

Global inequality grows


What we think

Split Tories and spineless Starmer


End of the USSR

The legacy of the collapse of Stalinism


LGBTQ+ rights

Stonewall attacked by the establishment


Workplace news

Sharon Graham: 100 days as Unite general secretary - the challenges ahead

Fighting union leadership needed to win NHS pay rise

Support tube workers fighting back

South Wales Stagecoach victory

Yorkshire Stagecoach strikers confidence growing

Welcome support for striking Scunthorpe scaffolders

Guards fight for their grades on CrossCountry rail

London colleges victory

Coventry bin workers strike against Christmas holiday cut

Sheffield couriers escalate and spread action

Uni support staff strike ballot

Tesco strike action latest

Barts health workers to strike for a pay rise

Worksop Wincanton depot strike builds


International news

Sudan: End military rule and poverty


Campaigns

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London solidarity protest: Rio Tinto out of Serbia

Save St Mary's Leisure Centre in Southampton

Why we joined the Socialist Party

Selling the Socialist - Waltham Cross and Boscombe

Posters, car boot and socialist guided tour - some ideas to raise funds


Readers' opinion

TV review: Vaccine Wars: The Truth About Pfizer


Quiz 2021

Christmas quiz of 2021


 

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