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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Pitfalls of being Employed By IIS compliant Agencies at Heathrow Airport.

The Pitfalls of being Employed By IIS compliant Agencies at Heathrow Airport

By a Used & Abused Tradesman

I have worked at Heathrow Airport on and off for the past eight years. Over the past four years it has been stipulated that all Trades operative employed under 'Heathrow Capital Projects' are to be directly employed under their industrial agreement, thus banning all self employment.

 The notion and principle of this agreement means that all employed should be able to afford full employment rights and agreed rates of pay under their national agreement. 

 Since this rule was brought in by H.A.L.( Heathrow Airport Limited) an abundance of I.I.S. agencies have
 gained airside clearance and are supplying labour to J.I.B. companies which by far make up the majority or the workforce on most projects. These individuals are directly employed under the auspices of the J.I.B. agreement which should afford those employees the same rights as those whom are directly employed by J.I.B. companies.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Frank Morris for EC

The Rank & File back Frank Morris for EC
In the summer, John Sheridan resigned from his position on the Unite Executive Committee due to ill health. We would like wish John all the best for the future and thank him for all of his support.

This has therefore triggered a By-Election and one of our very own, Frank Morris, has decided that he would like to stand for the position.
He has received the FULL backing of the Rank & File and also the United Left.

It is vitally important that ALL Unite members get to their next branch meeting to vote for Frank and make sure that there is proper Rank and File representation on Unites top table.
 Frank is a Blacklisted Electrician and you may recognise him from the Crossrail Dispute.

Nominations Period                                                                            20th October - 24th November
Last date for receipt of Nominations                                                Noon 28th November
Last date for Acceptance and Receipt of Election Address            Noon 3rd December
Voting Period                                                                                       5th January - Noon 30th January
Count Verification                                                                               PM 30th January

JIB/SJIB wage rise accepted

JIB/SJIB Wage Rise Accepted

The count of the  consultative ballot for the JIB/SJIB wage rise was held on Friday (17th Oct). The results were as follows

Accept - 79.1% 
Reject  - 20.6% 
Spolit   -   0.3%

A huge swing in the opposite direction after the 91% rejection for the previous offer, which had the 'Entrant Grade' attached.

This is a disappointing result to many as we feel that a far greater increase could have been gained with the right leadership.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Umbrella Companies in Construction

Use of Umbrella Companies 
in Construction
Written by DangerMouse

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 6 months, you will know all too well about the new scourge in our industry, that is the use of umbrella companies by the majority of employment
agencies since April 6th this year.

This has come about due to the government making changes to the tax system in this years Finance Bill to try and eradicate the practise of 'false self employment' by agencies abusing the CIS system (that was designed only for genuinely self-employed people) and to try and bring workers back into direct employment, with the better terms and conditions and security that go with it.

It was, on the surface, what looked like a noble effort that would put an end to the 'hire and fire' mentality that the our greedy masters have enjoyed for years, not to mention the extra (estimated) half a billion pounds the Inland Revenue loses each year in unpaid employers National Insurance that the firms directors have been bankrolling their latest yachts with. It sounded like a win-win situation, so what went wrong?

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Blacklist Support Group Update

Blacklist Support Group Update
7th October 2014

1. Another death in the building industry
Our thoughts are with the family of yet another construction worker killed at work as the carnage in the industry continues. This time on a Laing O'Rourke site in Heathrow. 

2. Protest at High Court
Blacklist campaigners were outside the High Court on 26th September 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

National Construction Rank & File Meeting - Newcastle


Construction Rank & File Meeting

Construction workers from across the UK will be making their way to the Newcastle, as the National Rank & File meeting arrives in the North East for the first time.

Come and have your say and find out what is happening in OUR industry. Including the JIB pay negotiations, blacklisting and the Umbrella pay Scam.

Saturday 15th November 2014

Newcastle Labour Club
11 Leazes Park Road,

1PM - 4PM

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

We Are the 91%

We are the 91%

Back in July, the ECA/SELECT made their 'Final Offer' to Unite for the JIB wage increase for 2015 & 2016. The increase on offer was 2% for 2015 and 3% for 2016 but with a catch. The 'Entrant Grade'

Fully explained in these two previous posts:

Employers continue their de-skilling agenda!

Calling ALL JIB Electricians

This led to consultative ballot and was rejected by a convincing 91%.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

NRL Continue the Blacklist?

NRL Continue the Blacklist?

A number of weeks ago Alan Wainright, the whistleblower who exposed the Consulting Association construction blacklist, published an article on his blog relating to employment agencies involvement in blacklisting. We are all suspicious about the underhanded tactics of agencies with blacklisting and the Umbrella Scam, but this article does appear to have evidence that NRL were complicit in blacklisting workers, including respected rank & file leader electrician Steve Acheson.
  It is time to expose these parasite agencies and all that they are up to, by undermining our ability to make a decent living through the "Umbrella Scam" and preventing us from making a living at all through blacklisting! If you have ever worked through NRL then this is a must read.

Please read and share this far and wide!


Friday, 26 September 2014

How much is a pay rise worth?

How much is a pay rise worth?

This article started life as a bit of a joke with a good rank and file activist. We were talking about the appalling pay offer from the ECA to the JIB, and how much wages have gone down in the industry over the last couple of years. When he said, half jokingly, that the general rule of thumb was that you used to be paid about 5 pints an hour, then he asked me how much a pint was in London. Now obviously the cost of a pint varies from about £3.50 in Wetherspoons, to £5 if you want to drink somewhere nice that doesn’t smell like sick (if the companies do ever want to measure our wages by pints, they will probably pick the 25p a can Tesco value lager). But even at Wetherspoons rates we’re not getting our 5 pints an hour. What it did get me wondering though is how much exactly our wages have lagged behind the cost of living, so I decided to do a little research.

The first thing I had to decide was when to start the comparison from, I decided to start it from the 2010 pay rise, because that is when wages really started to stagnate as we subsequently never received a pay rise for 3 years.