Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1165/33684

From The Socialist newspaper, 2 February 2022

Scunny scaffs strike restarts with a bang, barricades and a win!

Picket outside British Steel, photo Alistair Tice

Picket outside British Steel, photo Alistair Tice   (Click to enlarge)

Alistair Tice, Sheffield Socialist Party

Scunthorpe scaffolders' first week of renewed strike action in 2022 (after successfully reballoting following 12 weeks of strike action before Christmas) kicked off with a real bang - with flares, barricades and a win!

Two days before the strike restarted on 26 January, Unite the Union organised co-ordinated protests in all four UK nations against Actavo, the contractor who refuses to pay its 60 scaffolders at British Steel Scunthorpe the national agreement rate for the job.

Promised talks between Actavo and client British Steel, with Unite produced nothing, so on the 27 January, a prestigious industry awards ceremony at a swanky London club was rudely interrupted by Unite, the Blacklist Support Group and the National Shop Stewards Network activists, with banners, noise and flares.

Next morning, a barricade went up again across the Gate A entrance to the steel plant, blocking incoming traffic for hours.

And on 31 January, strikers paid a visit to Lindsey Oil Refinery at Immingham. It's the scene of the 2009 engineering construction workers' strike to protect the national agreement, which spread like wildfire across the country.

There, the Scunny scaffs got support from the scaffolders working for Altrad, a company that has been scabbing on the strike at British Steel. This threat to disrupt Altrad work on other sites resulted in Altrad promising to pull out of the British Steel plant while the Actavo strike is on, quite a result. Now the strikers will target other scabbing scaffolding firms to get them off as well.

The renewed strike action and intensified leverage campaign is bringing this long-running dispute to a head. British Steel is threatening Actavo, Actavo is threatening the workers, but after starting industrial action one year ago, the strikers are hardened and emboldened. As the Unite shop steward said: "We've got them by the bollocks!"

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation £

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 2 February 2022:


News

Tories attack UC recipients with 'get any job' threat

NHS mandatory vaccination to be ditched

NI rise piled onto shoulders of the lowest paid

Gas and electric bills set to soar by 50% this year

Covering basic costs is hard, and it's getting worse


International news

Ukraine: Workers' unity needed

Northern Ireland: Bloody Sunday 50 years on

School students strike in Austria

Coup d'état in Burkina Faso

France: Education workers and students walkout


TUSC

Tories Out!

Dave Nellist standing for Birmingham Erdington

Why a socialist candidate for Birmingham Erdington is vital

Hackney Unison to encourage anti-cuts candidates

Essex cuts racket must end

Portsmouth: Council workers leaving and tenants' double whammy

TUSC by-elections round-up


Workers fighting back

The winter strike wave escalates as workers fight back and win

NHS workers begin strike for 15% and against outsourcing

Victory at NewVIc college! 'The picket line gives us power'

Coventry bins: all-out against strike-breaking Labour council

Scunny scaffs strike restarts with a bang, barricades and a win!

PCS 2022 elections

Workplace news in brief


Campaigns news

Tories sinking, workers rising - help fund the socialist fightback

May Day Greetings: Back the paper that backs the working class

Why I joined: I'm tired of austerity and status quo

Socialist Students getting organised for 2 March walkout


Review

Belfast: Worth watching portrayal of previously airbrushed workers' unity


 

Home   |   The Socialist 2 February 2022   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Strike:

triangleWorkers and students unite and fight

triangleRail workers strike in Sheffield

triangleJust Eat couriers continue action to fight pay cut

triangleBarts NHS workers to walk out again on 28 February

triangleScunny scaffs action forces bosses to the table

Steel:

triangleScunthorpe scaffs mark 100 days of strike action with protests

triangleScunthorpe scaffs resume indefinite strike action

triangleScunny scaffs enter twelfth week of strike action

triangleWelcome support for striking Scunthorpe scaffolders

Unite:

triangleUnite and fight for a decent pay rise

triangle'Labour by name - Tory by policy'

triangleTrade unions and the fight against council cuts

Scunthorpe:

triangleJoin the scaffs mass picket at Scunthorpe steelworks

triangleWelcome support for striking Scunthorpe scaffolders

National Shop Stewards Network:

triangleBexley bin workers win big gains after six-week strike

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

23/2/22

Cardiff

Restore Cardiff's slashed services

23/2/22

Pay

Just Eat couriers continue action to fight pay cut

23/2/22

UCU

University workers continue strike against bosses' attacks

23/2/22

London

Tube workers strike in defence of pay, pensions and conditions

23/2/22

Students

Workers and students unite and fight

23/2/22

Fees

Fighting fees and marketisation after 2 March student walkout

23/2/22

Brighton

Brighton Green and Labour cuts - workers and communities fight back

23/2/22

Anti-cuts

Surrey: Unions and campaigns say stand as an anti-cuts candidate

23/2/22

Newham

Newham City Farm - closed with no consultation

23/2/22

Women

London Socialist Party women's meeting

23/2/22

Socialist

1 March: Socialist Party new website launch

23/2/22

Coventry

Coventry bin strikers lobby strike-breaking Labour council

23/2/22

Strike

Scunny scaffs action forces bosses to the table

23/2/22

Usdaw

Usdaw: 'Reinstate Max' week of action

23/2/22

Anti-cuts

Trade union support for standing anti-cuts election candidates

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


August 2022

July 2022

June 2022

May 2022

April 2022

March 2022

February 2022

January 2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999