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The Socialist 13 October 2021

Fight for the pay rise we deserve

The Socialist issue 1151

Fight for the pay rise we deserve

Workers need a pay rise


Cynical Johnson government no friend of workers


Pandora property speculators fuel housing crisis

Social care funding needed now

News in brief


Who runs Unison: lay members or the paid officials?

Place Unite at the head of the anti-Tory movement

Oaks Park pickets vote for more strikes to defeat bullies

National Education Union deputy general secretary election

College strikes continue into third week

60 steelworks scaffs march in second week of all-out strike

DVLA: Workers ballot on further strike action


Build a mass working-class climate movement with socialist policies


Hundreds march with Youth Fight for Jobs


The 'winter of discontent' - When workers could take no more


Hackney: Stop closure of children's centres

Durning Hall: Hands off our community space

March to save Stratford arts jobs from Newham Labour attacks


Newcastle United takeover - no to billionaire Ashley or Saudi despots

Ridley Road: An engaging story of fighting fascism

Readers' comments

 
 
 
 
 

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60 steelworks scaffs march in second week of all-out strike

Striking scaffs rally 11 October, photo Alistair T

Striking scaffs rally 11 October, photo Alistair T   (Click to enlarge)

Alistair Tice, Yorkshire Socialist Party

The second week of the all-out strike by Unite the Union, involving around 60 scaffolders, got off to a flying start. An early morning march around the British Steel Scunthorpe site on 11 October went from one main gate and picket line to another, to the admin offices and into the town centre.

The scaffs have been in dispute since 2019, fighting to get the national industry (NAECI) rate for the job, which would mean a 10-15% pay rise. They took significant strike action earlier this year under previous contractor Brand, and now are striking against their new contractor Actavo, and behind them the Jingye Group, the Chinese multinational owners of British Steel since March 2020.

So far the bosses haven't shifted because they know that hundreds of other trades and contractors on site are paid less than the Blue Book rates, and a victory for the scaffs would breach the dam to a flood of claims.

But the strikers are determined and confident, as many of the health and safety 'tags' on their scaffolding are starting to expire, and most other firms' scaffs are not crossing the picket lines or won't do Actavo work.

The march has emboldened the strikers, who had already extended their picketing hours and will now organise further protests to win their dispute.


In this issue


We need a pay rise!

Fight for the pay rise we deserve

Workers need a pay rise


What we think

Cynical Johnson government no friend of workers


News

Pandora property speculators fuel housing crisis

Social care funding needed now

News in brief


Workplace news

Who runs Unison: lay members or the paid officials?

Place Unite at the head of the anti-Tory movement

Oaks Park pickets vote for more strikes to defeat bullies

National Education Union deputy general secretary election

College strikes continue into third week

60 steelworks scaffs march in second week of all-out strike

DVLA: Workers ballot on further strike action


COP26

Build a mass working-class climate movement with socialist policies


Youth Fight for Jobs

Hundreds march with Youth Fight for Jobs


Winter of Discontent

The 'winter of discontent' - When workers could take no more


Campaigns news

Hackney: Stop closure of children's centres

Durning Hall: Hands off our community space

March to save Stratford arts jobs from Newham Labour attacks


Readers' opinion

Newcastle United takeover - no to billionaire Ashley or Saudi despots

Ridley Road: An engaging story of fighting fascism

Readers' comments


 

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