Open letter from blacklisted construction workers

December 19, 2016 in Appeals

Open 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. The upsurge in industrial militancy in the last few years demonstrates that when the official union works alongside rank and file activists, it is possible to mobilise workers even in a hostile environment. The merger offers an opportunity to start anew the fight against the appallingly high fatality rates and casualization of the construction industry by combining the best traditions of the two unions. However, one issue threatens to […]

Picketing reinstates sacked construction rep

July 27, 2015 in News, Protest

Ranks and file construction workers from the Blacklist Support Group and their supporters descended on the Canary Wharf HQ of Morgan Stanley this morning to protest the sacking of Unite rep Graham Boxall. The building is undergoing work by the electrical contractor Phoenix, a signatory to bargaining body the Joint Industry Board (JIB). However Phoenix are breaking national collective agreements. The firm had employed electricians through sub-contractor D&D, but JIB rules state that workers seeking to move onto direct employment and pay as you earn taxation have a right to do so. When Graham asked to be directly employed he […]

242: No cuts mandate – come to NSSN fightback Conference

May 12, 2015 in Bulletins

Thousands of trade union reps and activists are trying to make sense of the general election result that has ushered in another 5 years of Tory rule – except this time without any LibDem cover. But we don’t believe that this is a strong government. The Tories only increased their vote by 0.8% and have a wafer thin majority. But left to their own devices, Cameron, Osborne & co (now including Boris) will try and unleash a new wave of their austerity offensive, including £12bn of welfare cuts on the most vulnerable. They will also look to further attack democratic […]

VIDEO Anti-Blacklisting campaigner arrested on Crossrail protest

March 19, 2015 in News

Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith was arrested on the peaceful protest of 40 construction workers and their supporters outside the Construction News Awards in the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane on last night. The protestors, who had a token stopping of the traffic, were highlighting the disgraceful sacking of workers on the Crossrail project for raising health and safety concerns. For example, this happened at Whitechapel where workers were ‘let go’ because they wanted torches attached to their helmets, yet days later 13 workers had falls because it was too dark! After a protest there on February 23rd there […]

NSSN Conference July 5: “Fight Together for a Pay Rise!”

April 16, 2014 in Bulletins

Workers are saying “What recovery? We want our share!” Millions of public sector workers are having their pay again pegged to 1% when RPI inflation is nearly 3% and energy prices are up 9%! Average household income is already 6% below 2003 levels. NHS workers are not even getting this miserly rise and correctly health unions have attacked ‘divide and rule’ tactics. But the best way to avoid this is to seriously prepare for co-ordinated strike action across the public sector. Unison health conference yesterday passed an emergency motion mandating the union to ballot its members in the NHS for […]

Blacklist companies in the dock

November 29, 2013 in News, Protest

Construction companies accused of blacklisting on an industrial scale were in the dock today at the Royal Courts of Justice. The High Court claim being brought by Guney, Clark & Ryan solicitors on behalf of nearly 100 claimants (Steve Acheson & others v Sir Robert McAlpine & others). The full list of defendant companies are: Sir Robert McAlpine, Balfour Beatty, BAM, Carillion, Costain, Laing, Kier Ltd, Skanska, Vinci, Taylor Woodrow and AMEC. Evidence from the Scottish Affairs Select Committee investigation into blacklisting has shown that the individuals who ran the blacklist were directors of these companies including Callum McAlpine, founding […]

NSSN 170 – Fight attacks on Jobs & Pay on the Tube!

November 26, 2013 in Bulletins, News

This week, we re-produce a statement from RMT General Secretary Bob Crow after the announcement of massive job cuts on London Underground (LUL) and the further threat to the living standards of tube workers. The NSSN appeals to all trade unions to give full support to the unions and their members on LUL Hear Bob Crow on LBC radio November 25 “As every LUL member must now be aware London Underground has announced the closure of ALL ticket offices by as early as 2015 and the subsequent loss of 750 jobs. Despite this Government’s and the Mayor of London’s claim […]

Day of action on blacklisting hits City of London

November 21, 2013 in News, Protest

A 7AM start in the freezing cold and driving rain did nothing to dampen the turn out ‘The Cheesegrater’ building site. The protest at the Laing O’Rourke run site was the beginning of Thursday’s TUC National Day of Action on blacklisting in London. Laing – O’Rourke was the natural choice to begin protests given this company is a notorious blacklister. Despite grudging movement from other big construction companies towards greater cooperation with union Laing O’Rourke continues to bar union official from their sites. The Unite leverage team along with the famous ‘Scabby Rat’ were out in full force along with […]

NSSN 168 – Stop ALL BAe shipyard closures & save ALL jobs!

November 13, 2013 in Bulletins

This week we produce a letter from Portsmouth Trades Council advertising a demonstration this Saturday November 16th against the closure of the naval shipyards in the city with the loss of nearly 1000 jobs. At very short notice, over 200 attended a protest last Saturday. The NSSN gives full support to these workers and the similar number who will also be thrown on the scrap heap in Scotland. We fully endorse the sentiment in the letter, which calls for a united campaign to stop ALL shipyard closures and save ALL jobs! We also support the call that many are raising […]

NSSN 167: 20th anniversary of rail privatisation

November 7, 2013 in Bulletins

On 5 November 1993 John Major’s Tories passed the Railways Act to privatise British Rail, opening an era of public transport chaos and fragmentation in Britain. Rail privatisation is a grotesque ‘corporate welfare’ binge for a herd of gruesome Fat Cats, some well-known like Richard Branson, others less so like the shadowy hedge funds and banks who trouser ‘rolling stock leasing charges’ for trains already bought and paid for by public investment. This month, on the 20th anniversary, RMT demands an end to rail privatisation – legalised robbery paid for by tax scams and extortionate rail fares. In 2012-13 alone, […]