Hinkley Point electricians fight ‘deskilling’

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“All Makes the Spark” – Electrician 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 launched 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 that an agreement was reached to employ about 500 Elektro -Apprentice was rejected and was rejected instead A training course for “support staff” is offered. This would mean employing poorly paid, unskilled labor 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 about this course and urged 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 resulted in wage cuts of up to 35%, have been proven not to have 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 nationally.

The meeting agreed to start a national battle, 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 British Airways workers went on strike for British Gas, and an increasing number of companies.

Solidarity with the sparks!

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