Hinkley Level electricians battle ‘deskilling’

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From the socialist newspaper of February 24, 2021

“All Makes the Spark” – Electricians Construction workers: Protest in Cannon Street, London 2012, Photo Paul Mattsson (click to enlarge)

Rob Williams, Chairman of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN)

Construction electricians at the massive Hinkley Point site in Somerset have started a battle against what they see as “multi-skilling” bosses to build a nuclear power plant estimated to cost £ 22.5 billion.

At an emergency Zoom meeting on February 20, which many workers were unable to attend due to a limited number of attendees, Unite Executive Board members Frank Morris and Tony Seaman reported an agreement to employ about 500 Elektro -Apprentice has been rejected and was instead rejected A training course for “support staff” is offered. This would mean employing poorly paid unskilled workers instead of skilled electricians.

The meeting, which corresponds to Unite’s Electrical and Mechanical Combine Committee, calls on Unite construction officials to say if they knew of this course and called on the union’s national leadership to oppose this move by the bosses and the To give campaign a head start.

But the “sparks”, as the electricians became known when they defeated the Besna Treaty in 2011/12, an earlier attempt to stop trade that would have cut wages by up to 35%, has been proven not to hit the Union serviced officials. Then a six-month struggle of strikes, interruptions and protests forced the union to support the campaign, leading to an official vote that forced the bosses back.

But employers are back and are trying again to pay workers to protect and grow their profits. Workers know that a breach of national agreements at Hinkley Point would be introduced at the national level.

The meeting agreed to start a national fight, centered on Hinkley Point but ready to take on the construction bosses anywhere. I gave solidarity greetings from the NSSN and reported similar attacks on workers in many sectors, including “fire and reinstatement,” where workers from British Airways to British Gas went on strike, and an increasing number of companies.

Solidarity with the sparks!

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