VIDEO: Sparks blockade Tommy Clarke site in Romford

September 1, 2014 in News, Reports, Strikes, Video

At a Romford rail station site in east London last week, 15 agency construction workers who were suffering being paid via the umbrella company scam called a Unite official to the site. They were seeking help in putting forward their demand that they be employed directly by the building services contractor company T. Clarke. In a meeting between Unite reps and Clarke’s management it was agreed that Clarke would consider the request for the 13 to be directly employed. A Unite steward and deputy steward were elected by the workers. However on Friday morning these two stewards and one other worker were sacked by Clarke. In […]

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 […]

NSSN 187: Sparks Strike Back: The fight for PAYE begins!

April 8, 2014 in Bulletins

Unrest Wednesday is in Full Swing – 37 Agency Electricians walked off a job at AWE Aldermaston today (April 2) over the new self-employed legislation. It is a Shepherds Engineering Services job. They are demanding to be taken on the cards direct by Shepherds. Shepherds have agreed to a meeting to discuss the possibility. A Unite Construction officer is meeting the workers and Shepherds first thing tomorrow morning. There was also reported unrest on many other sites across the UK as payroll companies finally get to informing workers of how they are to be paid from Monday onwards. Being told […]