Sunday, 8 July 2012
Rank & File Newsletter
Rank and File Update
Stuff going on & stuff the BESNA MK2
Unite Conference: Was held in Brighton the other week, where there were some fine speeches and rabble rousing, but ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS ‘LENNY’!
So let’s see what occurs in the coming months; however we know it’s down to the Rank and File to hold the bureaucrats to account by keeping the pressure on from below, just as the sparks have for nearly a year now.
Rank and File ‘Steve Acheson’ spoke at fringe meetings all week as well as at the conference.
A motion on blacklisting was accepted unanimously and Steve got a standing ovation. The Rank and File salute you Stevie!
Steve has stood outside Fiddlers Ferry every week for 3 years and kept blacklisting to the fore. If you can please donate to Steve’s appeal fund and get your branch to also send him a donation. Contact Steve on 07949335390
Blacklisting is high on the agenda: A commons select committee is on the case. Also, well done to Dave smith Blacklisting Support Group [BSG], a high court case looks like it’s going ahead. If you have been blacklisted by Robert Mcalpine contact BSG. We need as much info on them before high court case starts. The observer may be doing article on them so any info would be useful.
Crown House: Are not playing by the rules at all, London Rank and File committee and London construction branch officers are meeting with unite officers 17th July to plan some action against them.
Crown House are definitely up for BESNA MK 2 so let’s hit them where it hurts mass pickets on their sites. Spread the word that if there’s a Crown House site near you get yourselves together and stop production we’ve done it before and we can do it again brothers.
Jib News: Talks are ongoing with a pay offer of 1% this year and 1.5% next year, do me a favour! How about a bonus like the wankers I mean bankers or banksters!
Victimisation: Jason at Ratcliffe has been laid off; the matrix went out the window for Jason and it all smacks of victimisation to us. We may be calling on the Rank and File again after the last tremendous effort at Ratcliffe.
We are getting organised: On a few sites now Rank and File stewards are being elected. Runcorn power station and Cross Rail London to name just 2. We don’t do appointments!
Fawley protest: This went well despite Bernard ‘moving forward’ MacAulay’s pleading to ‘hold back’ until he had spoken to the bosses. We strike while the irons hot Bernie, we can’t wait till January 2013 the job would be finished by then.
At the Coryton Oil Refinery dispute: ‘Rank and File’ construction workers were present on the demos, where 3 were arrested by PC plod, who completely lost the plot by punching and lashing out at protestors. Seems to be par for the course these days.
Other sectors are doing the business too: London Bus workers are calling on flying pickets to blockade bus garages on strike dates [details on NSSN website].
A big ‘Rank and File’ solidarity: To fellow Greek and Spanish workers who are showing the way forward in Europe. We must do the same! We have nothing to lose but our chains!
Dates for your attention:
16th July: combine meeting unite HQ Holborn
11th August: National Rank and File meeting. Conway Hall Holborn 2pm to 5pm Do your best to get there, if anyone needs help with transport costs let us know firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any protests planned or want to advertise Branch meetings etc let us know it’s the site for all of us and a great source of information. Get in touch with us by Email email@example.com
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