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14 February 2018

Woolwich Crossrail walkouts to demand promised bonuses

76 electricians on the Woolwich Crossrail construction site have been taking industrial action because Balfour Beatty has ceased paying the vital 'finishing bonus'

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12 December 2017

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

54 electricians were locked out by Balfour Beatty

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7 December 2016

Crossrail action in defence of victimised union rep

In response to a campaign by Unite to demand a second tier productivity bonus for electricians on Crossrail in London, which included an unofficial walkout on 25 November, notorious blacklisters Laing O'Rourke/Crown House has issued the Unite rep on the site a transfer to another job off the project.

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30 November 2016

London Crossrail workers walk out

Hundreds of electricians walked off construction sites on the massive Crossrail job in London on 25 November demanding that management adhere to the Joint Industry Board (JIB) agreement on the payment of a second-tier productivity bonus.

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26 October 2016

Crossrail sparks get organised

Hundreds of construction electricians crowded into the main conference room at Unite's national headquarters on 19 October to hammer out an action plan on the massive Crossrail project - the biggest publicly-financed scheme in Western Europe.

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16 July 2014

Workplace news in brief

FBU demands member's reinstatement: Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members have engaged in a further eight days of rolling industrial action in defence of their pensions from government cost-cutting attacks

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23 April 2014

Workers' Memorial Day: strike for safety

Workers' Memorial Day is on 28 April. In many towns and cities, construction workers and their trade union branches will take a lead in organising activities

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9 April 2014

Sparks fight on!

On 4 April, 30 agency construction workers downed tools at a NG Bailey job at Three Bridges in Sussex

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27 September 2012

Sparks' flashmob at Crossrail site, Oxford St

Sacked electricians and supporters stage a flashmob at the Crossrail site on Oxford Street on 26th September in protest at the sacking of 30 union members for raising health and safety concerns...

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Sparks picketing Crossrail Paddington site, 17.9.12, photo by Neil Cafferky

17 September 2012

Sparks' picket blockades Crossrail site

The epic battle between electricians and the electrical contracting companies has been running on construction sites for the past 18 months

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Socialist Party members and National Shop Steward Network (NSSN) supporters gave support to a building workers' protest outside the Crown House site. Crown House want to tear up the national agreement in order to cut wages, photo Rob Williams

Socialist Party members and National Shop Steward Network (NSSN) supporters gave support to a building workers' protest outside the Crown House site. Crown House want to tear up the national agreement in order to cut wages, photo Rob Williams

29 August 2012

Sparks protest at London Crown House site

6.30am on 24 August saw the second protest outside the Crown House site opposite St Pancras station in London. Crown House want to tear up the national agreement so that they can cut wages...

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22 August 2012

Builders plan to stop 'Besna 2' at Crown House

On 17 August at a protest outside the Crown House site in St Pancras, London, a campaign was launched by Unite and the Sparks rank and file, writes Rob Williams.

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29 May 2012

Hundreds walk out at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station

Over 600 construction workers walked out of Radcliffe on Soar power station this morning in protest against the suspension of Unite health and safety rep Jason Poulter...

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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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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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Construction electricians gained a tremendous victory against the multinational Balfour Beatty and six other building contractors, photo by SP Wales

Construction electricians gained a tremendous victory against the multinational Balfour Beatty and six other building contractors, photo by SP Wales

24 February 2012

'Priceless victory' of sparks against the Dirty Seven

The tremendous victory of construction electricians against the multinational Balfour Beatty and six other building contractors, confirmed yesterday, is a hugely significant moment for these workers and the rest of the union movement

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23 February 2012

Construction workers' struggle victorious

The BESNA struggle is over - all the remaining companies have capitulated! It's a victory for the whole union movement.

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Construction workers protesting in Cardiff, 7.12.11,  photo Mariam Kamish

17 February 2012

Sparks defeat Balfours - now for total victory over BESNA!

Led by the 'rank and file' committee, after six months of protests, unofficial walkouts and a threatened strike, Balfour Beatty has pulled out of the BESNA contract which will cut skilled consruction workers' wages by up to 35%

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17 February 2012

Victory! Balfour Beatty withdraws BESNA contracts

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has backed down on imposing contracts which would have terminated long-held agreements, leading to pay cuts of up to 30% and poorer terms and conditions for key construction staff...

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