From a Spie employee,
AGAINST THE BESNA
Monday the 14th of November during another excellent demonstration by the north
east rank and file at Corus steel in Redcar 18 SPIE employees and 50 Balfour employees voted to
withdraw their labour in support of the lads at the gate. With the rank and file
present there was around 180 sparks across both gates.
Word soon spread to Conoco philips in Seal sands, Billington 20 SPIE men who had
cabined up in solidarity then voted to withdraw their labour word spreading to other SPIE sites 34 men then
removed their workforce followed by 9 men at Sabic chemical site in Wilton, Redcar.
By midday Sabic in north tees another 11 men walked off the site, the 4 lads at Dawsons yard in Middlesbrough walked prompting lads on small 2 man gas board local gas board jobs to walk although some of these numbers are small it is still 100 percent of the work force on each site maybe next time the Balfour and SPIE lads at Lindsey oil will follow."
Then on Wednesday, the North East Rank & File returned to SSI to support the Bluebook workers and also to highlight the JIB dispute.
There were SIXTEEN Bluebook sites out, including the SSI site. Sellafield, West Burton, Conoco, West Burton and Ratcliffe to name a few.
Once again there was a large turn out from the North East Rank & File. Both gates were blocked and the tail backs went on as far as the eye could see. Many passing cars leafleted and a very successful morning once again
Meanwhile in London.
I arrived around 6:30 and was met by a few familiar faces. We met at the same gate where we managed to storm the site a few weeks ago. Someone realised that when one of us walked near the gates, the security would lock the gates. A few of us went to the gate, the gates were locked and they wouldn't let anyone through.
Then some sneaky little bugger put a padlock on the gate for them. Confusion set in. When they finally realised what had happened it was too late. The security and a member of the management were locked in the site. No need to be by the gate anymore so we went back to the top of the ramp. After around twenty minutes the queue for site was 30 long. Padlock still secure.
Meanwhile the amount of people for the protest had grown to over 200. And across the road there were 100 Crown House and VVB workers gathered.
There were the usual speeches and speakers.
Finally around 8:30, they managed to get the padlock cut off. BUT the Crown House and VVB workers refused to cross the picket line. They finally entered work around 10am when the crowd dispersed.
There was also a protest in Liverpool by the North West Rank & File.
The protest in Manchester was called off due to the HUGH success they have had up there. Last week it was announced that Balfour Beatty were not awarded the second phase of Carrington Paper Mill, which has been the main location for the Manchester protests, due to the client being unhappy about the industrial unrest that was looming. Well done lads.
So instead they made their way over to Liverpool to join in with the protest at the Liverpool John Moore University. Around 50 were outside the site from early on and were joined by just over 20 lads who refused to cross the picket.
There were also FOUR Rank & File meetings last week.
The Bristol and Leeds meeetings were very successful and a plan has been laid out for leafletting, possilbe targets and next meeting. Two sparks from Cardiff attended the Bristol meeting. They went back to Wales and booked a venue for the first South Wales Rank & File meeting
Wednesday 23rd November Cardiff - 7pm
The Owain Glyndwr Pub, Upstairs
The Sheffield meeting was cancelled at the last minute by the people who originally booked the venue. There will be another meeting arranged in Sheffield in the next couple of weeks.
Then to end the week, there was a protest and march in the centre of Glasgow on Saturday.
From Scottish Rank & File
"We gathered outside Unite's Glasgow office and then went inside to discuss the plan of action. The police had only just been informed of our plans and they told us that we should have given them 28 days notice of our plans. Initially they said that we could march on the road, but later returned to say that we must stay on the pavement. We were then addressed by Jim Sheridan MP who passed on his support and said that he will do all he can to expose the 7 companies corporate greed. We were then addressed by Neil Findlay MSP, who again said he was fully behind us, he has submitted questions to the First Minister and also set up a Motion in the Scottish Parliament. Last to speak was Davey Brockett who always gets everyone fired up at meetings and protests, very good speaker. It was now time to take
to the street, by this time there were over 300 of us congregated on West Regent Street. We started our march down to George Square with air horns blasting and whistles blowing the whole way. Once we reached Buchanan Street which was very busy, there were Christmas shoppers with curious looks on their faces! They should know what it's all about now as we got some much needed exposure on the 17.50pm STV News bulletin. We then reached George Square and gathered in front of the City Chambers, where we were again addressed by Jim Sheridan and Neil Findlay. There was then a request for speakers from the floor. 2 speakers from the STUC pledging their support, and also a guy from the Occupy movement who said that theyare behind us and would get all the information out to their massive global network. A peaceful March, not everyones cup of tea but many of the objectives were achieved:
1. Show depth of feeling.
2. Get message out to public.
3. Public show of defiance against bosses.
3. Gather support from public and other groups.
4. Gather support from those in public office.
5. Maximise media attention.
6. Grow support for our cause among our own colleagues.
Perhaps next time a bit of civil disobedience should be used to up the ante!"