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 […]

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 […]

Crane drivers tell HTC “It’s time to pay up!”

November 7, 2014 in News, Protest, Strikes

Hundreds of crane drivers from the UCATT construction union picketed building sites in London and around the country this morning in a dispute over pay with HTC Plant Limited. Workers had voted 94% in favour of strike action and 94.6% in favour of industrial action short of strike action. The turnout was in excess of 80%. There was a mass picket outside the Nova Square site in Victoria which saw concrete drivers refusing to cross picket lines. Drivers are furious that after years of pay freezes and even wage cuts, they have only been offered 3% when the all the […]

VIDEO: Citizen’s arrest at blacklister Callum McAlpine!

February 21, 2014 in Video

Taken from Reel News Youtube channel Police attend Victoria offices of Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd today as an arrest warrant is served on Cullum McAlpine for human rights violations relating to blacklist scandal. This weekend is 5th anniversary of the Information Commissioners Office raid on the Consulting Association, when files on over 3,214 construction workers and environmental activists were found. Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd. played a key role in setting up the Consulting Association to deny these workers employment, most of whom were simply raising concerns over health and safety.

Unofficial walkout at Runcorn beats management

February 18, 2014 in News, Strikes

Report filed from a Runcorn TPS worker There was an unofficial walkout by construction workers at Runcorn thermal power station on Thursday in another dispute over safety issues on the site. During the storms on Wednesday a section of cladding from a flue stack blew off on the neighbouring Inios Chlor plant and the site was evacuated. On return to work on Thursday some workers refused to go onto the site due to concerns over site safety despite assurances from the Keppel Segers (K.S.), the company in overall charge on the site, that the site was safe for work. A […]

NSSN 175 – Support the London Tubeworkers!

January 15, 2014 in Bulletins

From RMT London Calling read full bulletin here Despite the concerted efforts of TfL bosses to persuade members to vote against strike action our members voted overwhelmingly to take action to defend our jobs and services. 77% voted in favour of strike action. That’s 31% of those balloted, a greater percentage of the electorate than voted either for Boris or Cameron. It is a resounding mandate. We can win this dispute if we stand firm. We will be further strengthened when TSSA get a yes vote in their ballot, which is now underway. We demand the withdrawal of LU’s Fit […]

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 […]

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 […]