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Workplace and TU campaigns / Construction


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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2 May 2012

National Shop Stewards Network 6th annual conference

Saturday 9 June 11am - 4pm
Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Speakers include:
* Bob Crow, transport union RMT general secretary
* Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary
* A leading Rank and File member of the construction workers' campaign
* Kevin Courtney, NUT deputy general secretary

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National Shop Stewards Network demonstration to lobby the TUC 11 September 2011, photo Sujeeth

National Shop Stewards Network demonstration to lobby the TUC 11 September 2011, photo Sujeeth

25 April 2012

Interview: 'get organised to support workers in struggle'

As we celebrate international workers' day on 1 May the Socialist speaks to Rob Williams, national chair of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN)...

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Wanted - decent affordable housing, photo by The Socialist

Wanted - decent affordable housing, photo by The Socialist

11 April 2012

WANTED - decent affordable housing!

For generations tenants and other activists have fought to win new housing with security of tenure for working class people in Britain's towns, cities and rural areas...

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21 March 2012

Workplace news in brief

Mick Dooley, a prominent activist in the battle to stop the big building companies imposing a 35% pay cut, has been confirmed as a candidate for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in the London Assembly elections.

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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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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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22 February 2012

Second construction firm pulls out of BESNA contract

Following Balfour Beatty pulling out of the new BESNA contract last Friday, another of the 'dirty 7' construction firms - NG Bailey - has now followed suit...

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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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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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Construction workers protesting in Cardiff, 7.12.11, photo Mariam Kamish

25 January 2012

Balfour Beatty re-ballot: Vote to strike again

The next two weeks are absolutely vital in the construction electricians' struggle against the employers' imposition of the Besna contract, writes Rob Williams, National Shop Stewards Network chair.

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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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16 January 2012

Electricians' national meeting plans next steps in battle against pay cut

Electricians from across England, Scotland and Wales met in Birmingham to plan the next steps for the fight in defence of pay rates and their skilled trade

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16 January 2012

Appeal from protesting electricians and construction workers

The Socialist Party received this message from Alan Keays, Joint Sites Committee: 'Our dispute has reached a critical stage. Wages will be cut by 35%.'

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Construction workers’ strike on 14 December: Corus Redcar electricians, photo Elaine Brunskill

Construction workers’ strike on 14 December: Corus Redcar electricians, photo Elaine Brunskill

4 January 2012

Unity against wage cuts in construction

The 'Dirty 7' construction companies, who want to slash skilled workers' wages, have finally been dragged kicking and screaming to the negotiating table, writes Rob Williams, Chair, National Shop Stewards Network.

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Banner outside ConocoPhilips’ Humber refinery in Immingham, 14 December 2011, photo Alistair Tice

14 December 2011

Action by construction workers escalates in the 17th week of protests

The 'Dirty 7' construction companies have finally been dragged kicking and screaming to the negotiating table by months of rank & file protest action. Read on for reports of protests on 14 December and the latest Socialist Party leaflet

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Construction workers’ strike on 14 December: Corus Redcar electricians, photo Elaine Brunskill

Construction workers’ strike on 14 December: Corus Redcar electricians, photo Elaine Brunskill

14 December 2011

All out now to stop the sites!

The construction workers' strike on 14 December could be the biggest strike in the construction industry for almost 40 years, writes Rob Williams, Chair, National Shop Stewards Network.

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