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13 June 2012

Workplace news in brief

PCS political ballot: Members of the Public and Commercial Services union have started voting in a ballot on the union's political campaigning strategy, writes Rachel Potter Merseyside Socialist Party.

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21 March 2012

Construction workers demand better pay and conditions

Around 70 rank and file construction workers met in Manchester on 17 March to discuss the victory against the bosses' attempt to impose Besna contracts - cutting wages by up to 35%...

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'All power to the Sparks' - Electrician construction workers: protest at Cannon Street, London , photo Paul Mattsson

'All power to the Sparks' - Electrician construction workers: protest at Cannon Street, London , photo Paul Mattsson

15 March 2012

Construction workers fight on

National Shop Stewards Network: Over 40 construction workers protested on 14 March outside the Shard site at London Bridge. These workers were fresh from the victory over the 'Dirty Seven' construction companies

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8 March 2012

Sparks resolve to continue protests

Up to 150 construction workers met in London last night to review the incredible victory against the 'Dirty 7' companies and discuss the way forward

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7 March 2012

London election candidate named in employers' blacklist

The Trades Unionist and Socialist Coalition has called for firms that used information to blacklist trade unionists and academics, to be banned from public sector contracts.

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Manchester library construction site, protest against blacklisting, Feb 2012, photo by Hugh Caffrey

29 February 2012

Anti-blacklisting battle continues on building sites

Huge pay cuts were beaten by construction electricians' mass protests and actions, but blacklisting remains

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Manchester electricians protesting on 31.8.11 as part of protests around the country against the employers' assault on pay and conditions. From left to right, Simon, Steve and Sean leafleted outside the Carillion site on Corporation Road in Denton, M, pho

26 January 2012

Electricians to protest on 1 February in Manchester

Manchester electricians fighting the new Besna contracts because of pay cuts and deskilling, are appealing for a huge turnout on Wednesday 1 February from 7am at the town hall/central library site, writes Hugh Caffrey.

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25 January 2012

Exposed - the dirty world of the construction blacklist

A London Employment Tribunal has found that engineer Dave Smith had been blacklisted by Carillion (JM) Limited and Schal International Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Carillion) because he raised concerns about asbestos on building sites and because of his trade union activities...

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Mick Dooley, barred from standing for UCATT general secretary after he exposed previous election to be illegal, photo by Paul Mattsson

Mick Dooley, barred from standing for UCATT general secretary after he exposed previous election to be illegal, photo by Paul Mattsson

2 November 2011

An interview with Mick Dooley

Defending building workers' rights: The election for the general secretary of the building workers' union Ucatt starts on 11 November. This election has been called after the 2009 general secretary election was found to be illegal. Then,...

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The sixth London protest, photo Paul Mattsson

The sixth London protest, photo Paul Mattsson

5 October 2011

North-west construction electricians meet

Getting organised for action: Up to 100 construction electricians from across the north and north-west met in Manchester on 1 October to organise in defence of pay and conditions, writes Hugh Caffrey.

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5 October 2011

Construction workers' protests won't go away!

Electricians took the fight to defend their wages and conditions to London's Oxford Street this morning. Workers have also been protesting in central Manchester, Tameside and Liverpool

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25 May 2011

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Newport Passport Office: On 23 May Tory immigration minister Damian Green announced the closure of Newport Passport Office as a processing centre, writes Dave Reid.

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20 May 2011

Blacklisted electrician stands his ground on right to protest

After two years of harassment against blacklisted electrician Steve Acheson, Scottish and Southern Electricity (S&SE) has backed down...

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3 March 2011

End the blacklist

A lively and sizeable protest of trade unionists brought movement of vehicles onto the Olympic site in East London to a halt on 1 March, writes Greg Maughan.

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Stop blacklisting on the Olympics: reinstate Frank Morris, photo Suzanne Beishon

Stop blacklisting on the Olympics: reinstate Frank Morris, photo Suzanne Beishon

1 March 2011

Stop blacklisting on the Olympics: reinstate Frank Morris

A lively protest of trade unionists brought movement of vehicles onto the Olympic site to a halt in protest at the sacking of RMT member Frank Morris for exposing the use of a blacklist

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16 September 2009

The fight against the building blacklist

Construction workers in the greater Manchester area have launched a campaign against blacklisting in the industry, writes Christian Bunke.

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5 June 2009

Battling against the blacklist

Manchester electrician Colin Trousdale wrote this diary to illustrate the effect of the blacklist clearly being operated by some construction employers, writes Wednesday 13 May.

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13 May 2009

Defending jobs and conditions at Fiddlers Ferry

A good spread of Warrington trade unionists and construction workers from across the north-west came to a meeting organised by Warrington trades council...

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19 March 2009

Strike threat wins job back

I was given a job by the Shaws group at Lindsey Oil Refinery (LOR) as a rigger nine months ago. But when I reported for work I was not allowed on site by the client Total, the owners of LOR. No reason...

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