Latest sparks siteworker demos from 2nd novTagged as: occupylondon occupylsx siteworker sparks workers_struggles
The latest in a series of protests and action by electricians and their supporters took place on wed 2nd Nov. Assembling at 6.30am for a blockade of the site at 110 Cannon Street run by Gratte Brothers, they found the site already shut. Whilst the cops declared their protest illegal and threatened arrests the sparks entered Cannon st tube station and held a short rally, before marching to the OccupyLSX protest camp by St Paul's Cathedral.
A major national day of action has been called in London for 9th November  with plans to shut down several high profile construction sites. The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) has also called a national demonstration in London "Defend Education - Fight Privitisation" on the 9th with the financial centre of the City of London as the target. NCAFC said they "stand 100% behind the sparks, and want to work with electricians to make sure that the protests converge". See also Cabbies protest + Nov9 Demo website.
See: Police could arrest sparks at Pinnacle protest
London sparks break media black out
Sparks protest forces Balfour Beatty off Carrington site
Text produced by London Anarchist Federation and distributed to construction workers:
The Cautiously Pessimistic blog takes a look at the current struggle of electricians in the UK and puts it in the context of struggles against austerity around the world:
Balfour Beatty, who run the Blackfriars construction project, are not only the driving force behind the 35% pay cut and withdrawal from the JIB National Agreement. They are also one of the main culprits in the blacklisting of construction workers for taking part in trade union activities. Other employers are Bailey Building Services, Tommy Clarke, Crown House Technologies, Gratte Brothers, SES and Spie Matthew Hall.