NSSN launched in the south of England.

January 28, 2014 in News

Trade unionists and anti cuts campaigners from all over the South of England gathered in Bracknell on Saturday 18th January to launch the NSSN in the region. Delegates from Southampton, Portsmouth, Reading, Aylesbury, Windsor, Bracknell and elsewhere in the South gathered in an enthusiastic first conference.  Trade unions members attending included members from Unite, Unison, UCATT, RMT, NUT and CWU, as well as Anti-cuts campaigners. Bracknell Unite hosted the conference and Branch Chairman Terry Pearce introduced the main speaker Rob Williams, National Chairman of the NSSN. Rob outlined the role of the NSSN in uniting trade unionists in the fight […]

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 […]