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MORRISONS FACES SALFORD PROTEST OVER CONTRACTS
 

Star date: 19th February 2012

FROM NEW YORK TO SALFORD - PROTESTS OUTSIDE MORRISONS ON TRAFFORD ROAD OVER CONTRACTS

Yesterday, the new Morrisons store on Trafford Road, near Salford Quays, was the scene of protests by construction and electrical workers over the supermarket's maintenance contract with NG Bailey which has signed up to a notorious new agreement that UNITE the union reckons will cut wages by up to 35% and lead to shocking conditions for workers.

Now, the ultra powerful USA based union, Teamsters, is showing support for UK workers – and top contractor Balfour Beatty has already pulled out of the disgraceful new deal.

Full story here… 


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Shoppers at the new Morrisons on Trafford Road were met by UNITE the Union flags, placards and leafleting pickets yesterday to draw attention to the food store's maintenance contract with a company called NG Bailey.

NG Bailey was one of seven companies to propose new bargaining arrangements with construction workers, known as the BESNA deal, which unions believe will force worse pay and conditions on the industry, cutting wages by up to 35%.

After pressure by the powerful Teamsters union in the USA, Balfour Beatty, one of the `dirty seven', as they are known, pulled out of the BESNA deal last Friday which leaves NG Bailey one of the remaining `dirty six'.

"We are here as part of a co-ordinated protest outside Morrisons which is happening around the region" said Mike Thompson, senior officer for UNITE North West "It's to put pressure on Morrisons, who use NG Bailey and we object to it."

A delegation of protesters went into the new Salford store to relate their issues to the manager and afterwards Kevin Loughran, from UNITE, told the Salford Star that the manager told them Morrisons doesn't use NG Bailey for its maintenance.

"This is rubbish" Kevin said "NG Bailey is using sub contractors but they are the term contractor doing all the maintenance at Morrisons stores. NG Bailey is a known black lister that is trying to de-skill the electrical and mechanical industry by what they term this BESNA agreement which is against the existing JIB agreement.

"We are challenging this as being disgraceful and trying to put a pay cut on individuals who are working in this trade" he added "The Teamsters are our allies and Balfour Beatty who were a subscriber to this new BESNA have turned round and pulled out of it which is a major, major victory for the rank and file and UNITE the union. It encourages us to come to NG Bailey sites and we will push on until the remaining six companies see sense. We will win this."

The Teamsters letter to Balfour Beatty, signed by General President James P Hoffa certainly did the trick…

"If this dispute is not resolved to the satisfaction of my colleagues in the UK we will have no option but to demonstrate our support" he wrote "I am sure that neither of us would welcome this development…"

No-one messes with the Teamsters, and Balfour Beatty instantly pulled out of the nasty new BESNA proposals. Back in Salford, the dispute is set to escalate with NG Bailey and Morrisons at the centre of it…

 

 

kein loughran wrote
at 20:37:23 on 22 February 2012
Never were more truer words spoken, we will strive to stop these pretend helpers of our cause to only enhance their pockets under the pretence of development and community benefit, these people are only for themselves, under any banner that hides their true intent, do not be hoodwinked they are scum, keep the great work against them going
 
Ian - OB - Obrien wrote
at 17:11:09 on 20 February 2012
Ex-Minor is correct. What is amazing to me is how little foresight these companies seem to have. Anybody can see that the entire world is changing. In the past, when there has been a recession and the usual squeeze on pay and conditions that ensues (because what better time to screw a workforce than when there is a surplus of desperate people looking for a job), it has not mattered because it was usually local to a given nation. Now, the recession is global and the entire worlds workforce is building up a head of steam over the way it is treated. So, in cities around the world we see everything from Occupy to Uncut protests. People who have never made a peep before are getting out onto the streets to say ENOUGH!! We see Greece very close to failing and potential the Eurozone disintegration, and we see another unjust war for oil and power shaping up in the middle east, where no sons of politicians will never be stationed. Maybe 'Wills' will earn a chest full of medals by Railgunning goatherds from 30 thousand feet, but not any real danger, not on any real front. Just what the world needs, another Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Vietnam, where the only people who profit are governments and arms traders. And still, amidst all this, these companies, from Morrissons to Tesco, continue trying to implement an American model of oppressive management and grasping, thoughtless capitalism here in the UK. A model, it is worth adding, which has quite spectacularly failed. I can't help feeling that change is coming and these idiots cannot even see it. All they see is bonuses and zeros on bank accounts. They have convinced themselves that the worlds financial systems must remain as they are or disaster awaits. It doesn't. Only change and, right now, with most of us on the breadline, change can only be a good thing!!
 
EX- Miner wrote
at 03:43:00 on 20 February 2012
Just typical of the greedy , self-serving , exploitive employers . Glad to see a fightback . We need many more fightbacks against these evil scum employers . NEVER SURRENDER .
 
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