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(en) UK, Manchester Anarchist News - MAN #3 - Electricians Locked Out

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Date Wed, 2 Jun 2004 09:20:47 +0200 (CEST)


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Last May, electricians working on 1 Picca-
dilly Gardens, a prestigious office block in
Central Manchester, were locked out by
their employers. Their crime was to organ-
ise a TGWU shop on the site to challenge
employer, DAF Electrical. DAF Electrical
have ignored Holiday Pay entitlements,
Health and Safety Laws and the National
Agreement. Instead the men were replaced
with agency sub-contractors.

The electricians have picketed DAF con-
tracts since then. They have now moved on
to the Crown Court. They are fighting their
case through to the Industrial tribunal. Ini-
tially supported by the TGWU, the men
have found first hardship pay and now their
legal support withdrawn. Determined to
carry on, they are fighting their own case.
They have received support from Manches-
ter Social Forum who have held meetings
and raised funds.

DAF Electrical are typical of many builders
in Manchester. The city resembles a con-
struction site, with new buildings, usually
high priced apartments and office blocks.
Instead of paying the rate for the job, they
prefer to hire contract labour and ignore
safety regulations. As wages go down, their
profits rise and the death rate among build-
ing workers escalates.

Manchester is a Labour council. The elec-
tricians contacted all the councillors to ask
for support. They have been snubbed and
ignored. As much of the new building is
council sponsored, they are supporting the
employers in their attacks on workers on
building sites.
Fighting Fund Contact 07813 456 831


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