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Posted on 23 February 2021 at 11:10 GMT

Scunthorpe steelworks scaffolders, photo by A Tice

Scunthorpe steelworks scaffolders, photo by A Tice   (Click to enlarge)

Scunthorpe steelworks scaffolders: Fifth week of action

Back to Scunthorpe steelworks this morning to support the scaffolders in their fifth week of taking strike action to win the industry Blue Book rate for the job.

A new firm, Actava, takes over the contract on 1st March so action will be suspended for talks scheduled to begin mid March.

The around 50 Unite members have been solid on the picket lines, and have put two fingers up to their current employers Brand Energy, and served notice on Actava that nothing less than the Blue Book rate will do, or else... .

Alistair Tice, Sheffield Socialist Party

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 23 February 2021 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.

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