Scunny scaffs on the picket line

Scunny scaffs on the picket line   (Click to enlarge: opens in new window)

On 22 February, all roads will lead to Scunthorpe’s steelworks, but none will get in! A mass demonstration and picket of the site has been called by Unite, the union representing the 60 scaffolders employed by contractor Actavo, who will be in their 16th week of indefinite strike action demanding the industry rate for the job.

Twice before, the scaffs have blockaded the main site entrance gate, stopping traffic getting in and jamming the roads around.

The union leverage campaign intensifies with early morning flying pickets visiting scabbing firms Altrad, High Peak and Brand. Scaffolders and construction workers have refused to cross picket lines at nearby Lindsey Oil Refinery, Keadby power station and VPI Chemicals.

Striking scaffs and Unite organisers have toured Ireland and Scotland to expose Actavo’s billionaire boss and major shareholder Denis O’Brien, and to gather support among workers for their dispute and the national day of action on 22 February. O’Brien is a Celtic supporter whose fans have also protested in solidarity with the scaffs,

Join the mass demonstration in support of the longest running current strike in the country – from 6am to 10am, Gate D, Brigg Road, Scunthorpe Steel Works, DN16 1DL.

Alistair Tice