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21 March 2018

Hinkley workers win back unpaid wages after sit-in protest

Workers building the Hinkley C nuclear power plant in Somerset have won back unpaid wages after more than 500 staged a two-day sit-in protest

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14 March 2018

Zero new homes 'affordable' in Blairite Manchester

A damning, yet unsurprising, February housing report reveals that zero affordable housing has been built in Manchester city centre in two years.

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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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24 January 2018

The Socialist inbox

Letters to the editors of the Socialist including one NHS worker forced out of the health service and tower block health and safety concerns in Belfast

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19 January 2018

Carillion and the construction industry

The following letter by Socialist Party member and construction worker Jimmy Tyson was published in the Liverpool Echo earlier this week

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17 January 2018

Ferrybridge: Workers down tools over unpaid wages

Construction workers on the Ferrybridge multi-fuel project in West Yorkshire stopped work on 12 January because workers' reported that wages had not been paid into their bank accounts

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15 January 2018

Carillion crisis: demand action to save jobs and services

Tens of thousands of Carillion employees fear for their jobs and pensions after the company announced liquidation - it must be taken into public ownership

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13 December 2017

Unite day of action against blacklisting

Hundreds of construction workers took part in the national day of action against blacklisting on 6 December called by Unite the Union

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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 2017

Unite protest against blacklisting

Unite the Union held protests across the country on Wednesday against the "sinister practice" of blacklisting workers

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15 November 2017

No more excuses: fit sprinklers now!

Bill the government, not the residents: Jeremy Corbyn is absolutely right to demand that the Tories allocate 1 billion to fit sprinklers

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29 June 2017

Remove cladding without delay says head of Housing Fed

Stop testing cladding and take it down - this is the message from David Orr, the Chief Executive of the umbrella body for housing associations, the National Housing Federation

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17 May 2017

One in three borrow for rent, Corbyn pledges housing revolution

One in three people have borrowed money just to pay the rent - some from family and friends; others with interest and fee-charging overdrafts, credit cards and payday loans.

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26 April 2017

200,000 empty homes - 250,000 homeless - end property speculation

Over 200,000 homes in England sat empty for at least six months last year, according to investment firm Property Partner's analysis of government figures

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29 March 2017

Ferrybridge workers protest against 'race to bottom'

Construction workers protested outside Ferrybridge power station, Yorkshire on 29 March.

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11 January 2017

NHS in meltdown

End cuts and privatisation: Hospitals are under massive pressure. What shall we do? Let's build more hospitals, train and employ more medical staff, devote more resources to providing a good service...

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19 December 2016

Letter from blacklisted construction workers

We the undersigned, are writing this open letter in the spirit of fraternal debate amongst members of the newly merged UCATT/UNITE construction union

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7 December 2016

Obituary: John Sharpe: 1953-2016

John died of heart disease very suddenly, at a too early age.

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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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