Over 600 construction workers walked out of Ratcliffe on Soar power station this morning in protest against the suspension of Unite health and safety rep Jason Poulter.
Those walking out included electricians, pipe fitters, scaffolders and welders. Later today the night-shift workers are also going to refuse to work. This effected several companies on site with workers employed by Spie WHS, Dewson Babcocks, Alstom, FB Taylors, Howdens, Cape and C&D downing tools.
The walkout was planned by a recent national meeting of rank and file sparks, and was supported by members of the National Shop Stewards Network and the Socialist Party. Also at the protest was expelled Ucatt member Mick Dooley.
Jason was suspended by management six weeks ago for carrying out his trade union duties, an action that workers believe was taken in revenge for their success in defeating the Building Engineering Services National Agreement (Besna) which would have reduced pay and attacked terms and condtions.
This is just the first step in the campaign to reinstate Jason and what a start! Today’s protest has sent a clear message to the bosses: the rank and file aren’t going away!