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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 August 2012

Building workers fight pay cut threat

Building workers fight pay cut: at Cardiff's Royal Infirmary 24 August, fighting Besna 2, led by electrician and TUSC candidate Andrew Wilkes (on right), photo Sarah Mayo

Building workers fight pay cut: at Cardiff's Royal Infirmary 24 August, fighting Besna 2, led by electrician and TUSC candidate Andrew Wilkes (on right), photo Sarah Mayo   (Click to enlarge)

Dozens gathered at Cardiff's Royal Infirmary on 24 August to support electricians taking action against "Besna 2". This is a bosses' scheme which, if successfully forced on the sparks, would cut their pay by a third.

Rank-and-file electrician and recent Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition election candidate Andrew Wilkes led construction workers and socialists in distributing leaflets to passers-by and other workers.

Construction company Balfour Beatty's banners with the ironic claim of "improving the image of construction" hung from site buildings.

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