Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/566/6883

From The Socialist newspaper, 11 February 2009

Welcome to the JIB!

Steve Acheson, blacklisted electrician, and a member of Unite, distributed this leaflet at the construction engineering shop stewards' meeting on 9 February. He wanted to show what happens if union-negotiated agreements are undermined.

Welcome to the JIB [Joint Industry Board for electrical contracting].

Where the only chance of employment is through an employment agency, because companies refuse to advertise available jobs. Where the unskilled outnumber the skilled, where the main contractor sub-contracts work to maybe 10-15 agencies, like Balfour at the Manchester Royal Infirmary site.

Where you will most likely be on a bogus tax scheme through a satellite office of that agency. An industry where the second tier payment is non-existent, because a multi-million pound hospital is deemed no different from a two-bedroom terrace house. An industry where a union poll reveals 42+ unskilled operatives being utilised to carry out skilled work (Whiston Hospital), and where on the same site the company selects the shop representative.

Supervisors can be holiday [tour company] reps, debt collectors, window cleaners, etc. Imagine no site meeting (Terminal 5), no holiday pay for any workers not on PAYE. Where travel expenses are worse than 20 years ago.

An industry where victimisation through blacklisting against union reps is rife. Where wholesale mass sackings of workforces takes place - 200 at Norwich hospital and 240 at Pfizers.

Imagine if the above scenario becomes the norm throughout the construction industry. For the past eight weeks I have been outside the gates of Fiddler's Ferry power station demanding reinstatement, since my unfair selection for false redundancy by Alstom as they tear up the Blue Book agreement.

The above scenario is one we cannot accept, the employers seek not only the end of the Blue Book agreement, but the ultimate in smashing the unions. We must respond accordingly, we must FIGHT!

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 11 February 2009:

Bankers' bonuses - daylight robbery!

Vendetta continues against socialist fighter

JCB owner - still shovelling in the cash


Construction workers

Lindsey oil refinery strike: Workers score important victory

Construction workers' battle to defend jobs and conditions

Welcome to the JIB!

Motherwell Bridge bosses declare war on striking workers

Stop GSK job cuts


Socialist Party youth and students

Defend youth services

College students - keen to fight back

Save Charlotte Turner school!


Socialist Party campaigns

Tyneside Metro: Workers' action to stop privatisation

Carbon trading crisis creates bonanza for polluting firms

Exeter: Mobilising to stop the far right

Fast news


Car workers

Fight for jobs at Ford

Car industry in crisis - national meeting


Socialist Party workplace news

Wirral cuts: We need a new party

Victory for Salford Unison

Defend jobs at Salford University

Usdaw presidential election

Protest against the Unison witch-hunt

Greenwich council: An injury to one is an injury to all


International socialist news and analysis

Nationalise Waterford Crystal!

United Socialist Party members remanded on trumped-up charges


Socialist Party review

Slumdog Millionaire


Football

Reclaim the game


 

Home   |   The Socialist 11 February 2009   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Construction:

triangleHull: Construction workers' walkout forces employer to back down

triangleHull construction workers strike against blacklisting

triangleSocialist Party member Janet Gibson advertising NSSN conference at a protest of steel construction workers outside a Siemans factory in Lincoln (click for report)

triangleTen years since Lindsey strike: when militant action stopped the 'race to the bottom'

triangleTories ensured Carillion meltdown went unchecked

Unite:

triangleUnite against terrorism, racism, war and austerity

triangleFrimley NHS Trust: Strikers remain determined to defeat privatisation

triangleUnite housing branch supports stand of Enfield councillor

triangleBradford libraries and museums: Unite members escalate action against cuts

Shop Stewards:

triangleNSSN conference 2019: at the heart of trade union struggle

triangleTrade union action can end low pay

triangleFight the closures save every job!

Hospital:

triangle150 protest against Leicester hospital downgrading attack

triangleLeicester campaigns to save our NHS

Reps:

triangleRoyal Mail court ruling - national reps meeting and solidarity action essential

Cleaners:

triangleCleaners strike over low pay at Haringey secondary school

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

12/12/19

PCS

PCS general secretary election

11/12/19

Walthamstow

Avenue of trees saved!

11/12/19

Podcasts

Latest podcasts

11/12/19

Carmarthenshire

Undervalued gritters to walk out

10/12/19

Socialist Party

Come and discuss with us after the election

10/12/19

Morrisons

Pay Deal: ACAS sides with management

10/12/19

Usdaw

The Activist Issue 82 - for retail workers

9/12/19

Swansea

Swansea: Corbyn rally attracts turnout but many can't get in

4/12/19

Socialist Party

Fight for your future - join the socialists

4/12/19

UCU

Strikes: more determined than ever

4/12/19

Socialist Students

Students and workers united in struggle

4/12/19

South Western Railway

It's a strike to ensure the safety of the travelling public

4/12/19

Surrey

Surrey firefighters to ballot on Christmas industrial action

4/12/19

Hull

Social workers lobby Hull City Council

4/12/19

Climate change

Climate strikes: Students and trade unionists protest together

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: info@socialistparty.org.uk

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

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999