Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Did We Get Too Close To You Mr. Gratte?

The day that the M&E dispute arrived, literally, on the employers doorstep.


150 rank and file Electricians are currently occupying Grattes Brothers Head Office. Someone has put a chain on the doors. Looks like we might be here a while.
More to follow

Tuesday, 22 November 2011


I have in my possession a copy of the letter that the JIB/ECA sent out to operatives last week.

Latest Unite Construction Rank And File Newsletter........

The gloves are well and truly off and the chips are down.
It’s up to us now!
Unite members at Balfour Beatty BBES should have been getting their ballot papers and they must be returned by next Monday November 28th, With a ‘YES’ for strike action.

TWO New Press Releases From Unite The Union....

Balfour Beatty to replace 1,300 skilled jobs with semi-skilled 
agency labour
Unite has learnt that Balfour Beatty Engineering Services intend to cut up to 1,300 directly employed skilled electricians

Monday, 21 November 2011

Round Up Of Last Weeks Protests..........

Good evening all. Firstly my apologies for the delay in writing the round up of the weeks action.

The week started off with a bang when 200 electricians, pipe fitters and plumbers met up on Teeside from all over the North East.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Ballot Paper On The Doormat

Today, across the country Balfour Beatty operatives have started to receive their ballot papers, the rest should arrive tomorrow. Do not forget. YES to being a Spark. NO to being an installer

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Sunday, 13 November 2011

This Weeks Meetings and Protests....

National Day Of Action November 9th

Remember Remember 9th November When The Sparks Fight Back Kicks Off

Well that was the twelve week of being on the streets of London at 6:30am. We arrived to a mass of accents from the North East.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Latest Press Release From Unite The Union....

Unite to announce construction strike ballot timetable

8 November 2011

Thousands of workers to protest to defend pay and sector skills

'Union News' Report on Tomorrows Protests

The Union-News website have done a news report on Tomorrows National Day of Action

Monday, 7 November 2011

Latest Unite Construction Rank And File Newsletter........

Clash of the Titans: Sparks versus the rogue 7 ‘London calling’
Sparks against the cuts! All out for November 9th  Lets make it the Pinnacle of our protests so far.
For the last 3 months there have been tons of demos and protests going on around the country with barely a mention in the media.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Balfour Rattled??? Protest Round Up

I have now lost count of how many weeks we have been outside, bloody early on Wednesday mornings up and down the country. The end of August when this all started I didn't even think ahead to the prospect of standing in the dark in the rain with a dripping wet cigarette hanging from my gob.