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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 September 2015

Fight against blacklisting in Liverpool

Jimmy Tyson, Liverpool Socialist Party

The construction of the new Royal Liverpool hospital is being undertaken by the blacklist using company Carillion. At the start of the contract Carillion gave reassurances that there would be direct employment, no use of agencies, nationally recognised rates of pay and 60% local labour. Carillion have broken all of these agreements.

A protest took place on 4 September. At 6am over a hundred trade unionists turned up leafleting workers as they arrived for work.

We blocked the road in and out of Liverpool city centre for 3 hours; the only vehicles allowed through were doctors and nurses who work at the hospital. Police arrived at the scene and redirected traffic away from the blockade.

This was an effective protest and I'm pleased to say this is the first of many against blacklisters Carillion and Liverpool city council for allowing the exploitation of hundreds of construction workers on this site. Hopefully site workers were encouraged seeing what can be achieved when workers get organised.

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In The Socialist 9 September 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Huge support for Corbyn: now build austerity fightback

Solidarity with refugees - Defend the right to asylum

125,000 renters abused by idle parasite landlords

Heartless Tories chop funds for life-extending cancer drugs

Tories allow bosses to keep exploiting workers at below the minimum wage

Them & Us

Bromyard Community Hospital victory


International socialist news and analysis

Cuba at a crossroads

International news in brief


Socialist Party features

How students can fight debt, cuts and sell-offs

Children suffer as the cuts deepen


Workplace news and analysis

Lobby the trade union leaders this Sunday!

Nominate a fighting socialist for Unison general secretary

Most important TUC Congress for decades

Pizza express tips victory

Buses fightback works in Sheffield

Great support for bus strike

Workplace news in brief

Fight against blacklisting in Liverpool


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Film Review: Stonewall

Why I joined the Socialist Party

"NHS saved my life"


 

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