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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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9 February 2012

Next construction workers' protests: Wednesday 15th February

Unite and the rank and file electricians committee have agreed the following protests for a day of action next Wednesday

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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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26 January 2012

Sparks protest at Conoco and solidarity with Jet tanker drivers

Electricians from West Burton power station in Nottinghamshire and BP Saltend in Hull took strike action on Wednesday 25 January against the new Besna contracts being imposed on them, writes Alistair Tice.

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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

Sweetheart stitch-ups in the electrical industry: A spark's history of the Joint Industry Board

Electricians are currently fighting a 35% pay cut and the deskilling of their trade, being imposed by seven companies using the new "Besna" contracts, writes Eddy Current.

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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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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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7 December 2011

Defend the JIB, victory to the sparks!

Electricians working for Balfour Beatty (BBES) have spoken for all electricians in the construction industry and voted overwhelmingly to strike to defend their national pay agreements - the Joint Industry Board (JIB), writes Rob Williams, Chair, National Shop Stewards Network.

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On the picket line at Balfour Beaty London HQ, photo Neil Cafferky

7 December 2011

Construction workers fight a 35% cut in wages

The biggest of the 'Dirty 7' big contractors, Balfour Beatty, may have outlawed the strike by their electricians but today saw protests and walkouts all over the country. NB: Contribution from an electrician added on 9.12.11 (see end)

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Construction workers' national protest outside the Pinnacle site, London, 9.11.11, photo Harry Smith

Construction workers' national protest outside the Pinnacle site, London, 9.11.11, photo Harry Smith

30 November 2011

Construction workers defend the JIB

Strike to fight pay cuts: The pressure is building on the 'Big 7' major construction companies who want to withdraw from the Joint Industry Board (JIB) agreement and impose the new BESNA contracts which will cut pay by up to 35%.

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30 November 2011

Electricians occupy building company HQ

Construction electricians brought their campaign of defiance to the home of one of the 'Dirty Seven' contractors in London on 23 November, writes Rob Williams, National Shop Stewards Network chair.

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Grattes managers blockaded on stairwell refuse to tell protesting electricians why they are cutting their wages by 35%

23 November 2011

Electricians occupy building company headquarters

This morning 150 construction workers occupied the head office of Grattes Brothers in Kings Cross, protesting against the tearing up of the JIB agreement.
Articles added 24.11.11: Pay-slashing construction companies lose £billions; + North East report

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23 November 2011

Construction workers fight pay cuts

The pressure is growing on the 'Big 7' construction companies who want to withdraw from the Joint Industry Board agreement and impose the new BESNA contracts which will cut workers' pay by up to 35%...

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22 November 2011

Siteworker leaflet: Balfour Beatty (BBES) ballot - The Truth - Why you should vote for the strike

The pressure is building on the 'Big 7'
construction companies who want to
withdraw from the JIB agreement and impose
the new BESNA contracts which will cut pay
by up to 35%. Electricians all over the country
are fighting back. Last week saw walkouts
and stoppages at many sites, including
Corus on Teesside, Ratcliffe and West Burton
power stations, Saltend and Farringdon in
London.

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Rob Williams, chair, National Shop Stewards Network, addresses the Construction workers, electricians, demonstration 9 November 2011, photo Neil Cafferky

Rob Williams, chair, National Shop Stewards Network, addresses the Construction workers, electricians, demonstration 9 November 2011, photo Neil Cafferky

16 November 2011

Sparks battle pay cuts

Emboldened by the construction electricians' protest in London on 10 November, around 200 sparks turned up at Corus Steel on Teesside on 14 November, writes Elaine Brunskill.

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Construction workers' national protest outside the Pinnacle site, London, 9.11.11, photo by Harry Smith

16 November 2011

Weekly construction protests continue as Unite ballot begins

Electricians gathered at Farringdon station in London this morning in the struggle to defend the JIB agreement [NB: reports from Liverpool and West Burton added on 17.11.11; Redcar on 18.11.11]

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