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Solidarity with the Sparks!

category ireland / britain | workplace struggles | feature author Saturday January 21, 2012 13:19author by Liberty & Solidarityauthor email enquiries at libertyandsolidarity dot org Report this post to the editors

National and international solidarity campaign

National and international solidarity campaign with electrical engineers in the UK, who in recent months have been forced to organise in response to attacks from the 8 bigger employers in the industry.

Last summer these 8 firms announced their intention to leave the agreement on pay (the JIB) that governs the industry. The workers expect wage cuts of up to 35% and the deterioration of their working conditions. These workers are already required, with their low wages, to perform overtime in order to provide for their families.

It is not an isolated attack on a particular occupation in an individual country. It’s well known that these firms are supported by all firms in the building industry, some of which are multinational.

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National and international solidarity campaign

Solidarity with the Sparks!


In recent months British electrical engineers have been forced to organise in response to attacks from the 8 bigger employers in the industry.

Last summer these 8 firms announced their intention to leave the agreement on pay (the JIB) that governs the industry.

The workers expect wage cuts of up to 35% and the deterioration of their working conditions. These workers are already required, with their low wages, to perform overtime in order to provide for their families.

It is not an isolated attack on a particular occupation in an individual country. It’s well known that these firms are supported by all firms in the building industry, some of which are multinational.

It is hard for the moment to organise general strike action but regular pickets in front of site have been organised. These pickets with 200 or 300 workers function to build struggle and to bring together the workers from different firms. Moreover, as everywhere in the world, on construction sites union activity has declined and the division of the workers (onto different statuses) has proved a barrier.

But struggles is growing and a Win is possible if the electricians do not do not stay isolated locally and nationally. The British electricians need help from their comrades in the British trade union movement and all the workers from the whole world to fight against this attack. It is well known that attacks against British union movement in 1980s acts served as a test for the entire international bourgeoisie. 2

The destruction of the agreement of the English electricians could be exported in other industries across the world. To answer of their financial crisis, the capitalists wait only for a sign to act.

For the workers of Building industry this is an opportunity to show their unity, beyond jobs and national borders.

To build this solidarity’s we propose:
  • To inform and to mobilise the workers of these 8 firms, on the construction sites of our respective countries.
  • To adopt and move motions of support in our labour unions and on construction sites to circulate information between the workers.
  • To ask our union federations to organize a financial solidarity with our British friends.

You can send your protest to the firms or search subsidiaries in your country ( see before)

Send your support to UNITE construction Worker branch to :
exray at talktalk dot net

Download the information leaflet (includes addresses)


Related Link: http://www.libertyandsolidarity.org/sparkssolidarity

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