Sparks “on track” to defeat threatened 35% cut contracts

Protesters spirits lifted by decision of one employer not to enforce skills, safety, pay cuts
by - 28th September 2011, 9.18 BST

Scores of electricians and supporters have taken part in further protests around the country against plans by seven rogue construction employers to try to force cuts in safety, skill levels and pay across the industry.  Sparks massed outside Kings Cross station in central London and blocked traffic as RMT President Alex Gordon addressed a rally.

Dozens more mounted a picket at the entrance to the Commonwealth Games Velodrome cycle track in Glasgow – one of the highest profile construction sites in Scotland. Balfour Beatty steward, John Hay told UnionNews: “I’ve not seen such anger in the industry in forty years.”

Spirits among officials and union activists have been lifted by the news that one major employer, MJN Colston, decided earlier this week not to withdraw from the JIB agreement at the centre of the dispute. Unite is seeking negotiations with the remaning seven employers which are threatening to impose new contracts on the electricians by 7th December or face the sack.  The union is also considering balloting for industrial action.

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