We have reported on the struggle faced by the skilled Electrical and Mechanical workers used by JCK on the Vanderlande project at Manchester Airport
We called off initial protests because of planned talks. MAG (Manchester Airport Group) had all ready silenced ITV’s Granada Report but although one worker described this as “giving JCK a licence to do whatever they want on here now” the workers remained disciplined and held back for talks hoping that their coworkers would be brought back onto the project.
Talks moved and didn’t happen workers didn’t get invited back while the issues on site grew with a blatant disregard for decency and it became evident the reasons didn’t get brought back. So the protests started.
The talks where back on with a keen interest in the allegations (all proven) the talks described as positive with clear actions set out, after site was given to MAG of evidence showing threats of violence, intimidation and bullying on the project, with parties admitting this was made possible because of the employment models on the project. The urgency has drifted from MAG though and what one Unite official describes as a “worrying separation in direction on the actions”
With reports from site that the welfare and wellbeing review is being carried out by the bullies themselves, we’re back to the drawing board and will be taking the licence to bully, threaten, endanger and Black workers handed to Contractors by MAG on their projects.