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31 March 2021

Deskilling protests by sparks electricians continue

Sparks were outside the north east England headquarters of NG Bailey in Newcastle, which, alongside Balfour Beatty, is attempting to lead the way among the giant companies deskilling electricians.

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Construction electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Pr

Construction electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya

10 March 2021

Construction electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya

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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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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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11 March 2015

Spied on by the state and bosses

One of the key industrial battles of the last five years has been the struggle of workers in the construction industry for trade union rights and better terms and conditions, writes Neil Cafferky.

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8 October 2014

M25 maintenance workers protest

M25 maintenance workers protested on 8 October outside Balfour Beatty offices in central London against attacks on terms and conditions. Unite's Malcolm Bonett explains the situation

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Protesting at Capenhurst, 20.2.13, photo Ray McHale

20 February 2013

Construction workers demand adherence to national agreements

Over 100 construction workers from across Cheshire and Merseyside protested at the Capenhurst site today

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12 December 2012

Blacklisting: 'we will fight for justice in every way'

National Shop Stewards Network chair, Rob Williams, recently interviewed Dave Smith, a blacklisted construction worker.

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Stop blacklisting on the Olympics: re-instate Frank Morris, photo Suzanne Beishon

Stop blacklisting on the Olympics: re-instate Frank Morris, photo Suzanne Beishon

24 October 2012

Construction blacklisting - the tip of the iceberg

The big construction companies could be facing thousands of financial claims as a legal battle has been launched by blacklisted workers, writes Rob Williams.

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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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Building workers fight pay cut: at Cardiff's Royal Infirmary 24 August, fighting Besna 2, led by electrician and TUSC candidate Andrew Wilkes, photo Sarah Mayo

Building workers fight pay cut: at Cardiff's Royal Infirmary 24 August, fighting Besna 2, led by electrician and TUSC candidate Andrew Wilkes, photo Sarah Mayo

29 August 2012

Building workers fight pay cut threat

Dozens gathered at Cardiff's Royal Infirmary on 24 August to support electricians taking action against "Besna 2"...

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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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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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