Silent vigil for Kevin Campbell: Another construction fatality

March 20, 2014 in News

Kevin Campbell, 46 from Poplar, in east London was killed on 2nd March on a Docklands Light Railway project in Stratford. Kevin was struck by a piece of machinery that was attached to an excavator. The fatality came in the same month as a worker was killed on the £15bn Cross rail project, also a worker on Balfour Beatty’s Providence tower site in London’s docklands was seriously injured after a crane collapsed. The vigil was called by the Construction Safety Campaign (CSC) and supported by the NSSN. Tony O’Brien, from the CSC committee made a short speech before laying flowers […]

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 […]

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 […]