Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/599/8296

From The Socialist newspaper, 28 October 2009

Energy giant 'fanciful to the point of paranoia'

Goliath got a bloody nose on 21 October, when the attempt by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) to use anti-terror legislation against blacklisted construction worker Steve Acheson was thrown out by the High Court.

Steve is a long-standing trade unionist, a fighter for the rights and conditions of construction workers, who consequently has been systematically denied work by the industry bosses. Sacked from Fiddlers Ferry power station in Widnes, Cheshire, 10 months ago, Steve has since mounted a peaceful protest outside the gates, demanding his job back. Incredibly, the company sought an injunction against Steve and his protest using 'anti-terror' legislation.

Steve spoke to The Socialist about his appearance at the High Court in London:

"Apparently SSE had applied for an injunction, without me knowing anything about it, back in July; against eco-protesters, and they included me in it. But the judge at that hearing, Mr Justice Lewis, said 'Mr Acheson needs to know about this' and that was why I got handed the basic court papers outside Fiddlers Ferry. I didn't have the full papers till the very day of the hearing.

The judge in my case, Mr Justice Mann, said to SSE: 'You are saying Mr Acheson is a threat to the power station, yet no papers were served from July to September - that doesn't seem very urgent to me'.

SSE's lawyer said they were 'short of resources' and the judge responded: 'but you cannot have deemed him much of a threat because the papers sat on someone's desk for three months'.

The judge said he had read the papers and my statement and he found SSE's case 'fanciful to the point of paranoia'. He said 'Mr Acheson's evidence supports his account, and you have supplied no evidence to the contrary'.

The judge asked me if I would give an undertaking not to enter the power station or disrupt traffic, and I said: 'Just as I have been all along, that's no problem, I'll give that undertaking'. Then he turned to SSE and said: 'Is that good enough?' and they said: 'No it's not, he's a nuisance and we will pursue it through the County Court'.

If I had not been a member of a trade union I would have had no chance, and I would not have been able to challenge the distortions in the SSE court application. I urge all construction workers, any workers in fact, to join their trade unions."

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - 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 government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • 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.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, 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 special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 28 October 2009:

Support postal workers

Support post workers, this is no time to equivocate

Postal strike reports: Defending the service


Anti-racism

BBC Question Time panel - Workers' voice denied against BNP

BBC Griffin protest: Jobs and homes, not racism!

Far right shut out of Newport by mass protest


Socialism 2009

Socialism 2009 forum - can we build a party for working class people?


Youth fight for jobs

Huddersfield march for jobs

Young musicians support YFJ

Cardiff Socialist Student elected


Anti-war

Afghanistan: anti-war demo

Tamil Solidarity fights for boat refugees


Socialist Party news and analysis

Darling you're talking rubbish!

Energy giant 'fanciful to the point of paranoia'


Marxist analysis

80th anniversary of the Wall Street Crash: Capitalist failure - then and now


Workplace news and analysis

Strikes sweep across Yorkshire

Leeds bin strike: 92% vote to reject council's 'final' offer

Battle for jobs in Land Registry

Ex Ford/Visteon pensioners protest in Swansea

Leicester uni cuts protest


Socialist Party feature

Call centres - public services on the cheap


Marxist analysis: history

Newport Rising 1839


Comment

Daily Mail homophobia


Socialist Party reviews

Film review - Capitalism: a love story

Conspirator: Lenin in Exile


 

Home   |   The Socialist 28 October 2009   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Energy:

triangleEnergy firm plans to make 2,600 redundant

triangleEDF Energy workers furloughed on 100% pay

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: Renewable Energy - a just transition

triangleJohnson emits huge quantities of hot air!

triangleThem & Us

Construction:

triangleNo return to unsafe construction sites

triangleHull construction workers force bosses to shut down site over health and safety fears

triangleConstruction site bosses put profits first

Fiddlers Ferry:

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleBlacklisted electrician stands his ground on right to protest

Construction workers:

triangleHull: Construction workers' walkout forces employer to back down

triangleHull construction workers strike against blacklisting

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

8/7/20

Southampton

UCU: election victory for combative rank and file

8/7/20

NSSN

Fantastic virtual NSSN conference: "Fight for our lives and livelihoods''

8/7/20

Socialist Party

The best place to start - join the Socialist Party

8/7/20

Trans rights

Trans rights protests oppose Tory backsliding

8/7/20

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter - the fight is not over

8/7/20

Equal pay

Homerton hospital workers deserve equal pay and conditions

8/7/20

Jobcentre

Jobcentre reopening: only union struggle will put safety first

8/7/20

Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets council workers strike against wholesale attack on terms and conditions

8/7/20

Nottingham

Nottingham unions fight council job cuts

7/7/20

Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Stop closure and privatisation of Jute Mills

1/7/20

Fighting Fund

Fighting Fund: Target smashed by half time

1/7/20

PCS

Change in leadership needed to secure union's future

1/7/20

Black Lives Matter

BLM has not stopped - protesters flock to Socialists

1/7/20

Ken Douglas

Red flags line road for Ken

1/7/20

Leeds

Leeds City Council in danger of bankruptcy

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: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999