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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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