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Rank and File or Broad Left? (Review)

A review of "Rank and File or Broad Left: Democracy versus Bureaucracy - A short history of the Building Worker Group" by Brian Higgins, from Black Flag magazine.

I feel old, I really do. In February 1986 I quit my job at the start of what turned out to be nine months on the dole, and walked straight onto a picket line. The "Laing's Lockout Committee" dispute remains one of the most significant of the post-Miners' Strike era, full of lessons about the possibility of resistance in the face of the most difficult of conditions and determined of opposition.

UK: Picketing brickies released

Three bricklayers jailed this month for picketing building sites where they'd be refused work have been released.

RTE news reported that Keith Kelly, Billy McClurg and Andrew Clarke told Ms Justice Mary Laffoy today that they would not picket sites operated by Collen Construction.

The three men were previously jailed after refusing to give such an undertaking.

Tronchet, Lucien, 1902-1981

Lucien Tronchet

A short biography of Swiss building worker, labour organiser and anarcho-syndicalist Lucien Tronchet.

Born in Geneva in 1902 while a building workers’ strike in favour of the 60-hour working week was underway (it was Switzerland's first general strike) Lucien Tronchet became an anarcho-syndicalist militant from 1920 onwards and played his part in all of the social disputes in Switzerland.

Heathrow: Three day strike at Terminal 5

Construction workers for Laing O'Rourke at the Heathrow Terminal 5 site are likely to begin a three day strike from Tuesday morning at 6.45 until the same time Friday morning over their ongoing pay dispute.

Workers have rejected Laing's offer of 67p/hour bonuses, demanding the £1 awarded to other workers on the site some time ago.

An overtime ban has been in force since 28th January. This is the most recent of a series of strikes at Terminal 5, and will be a joint action by members of the GMB, TGWU and UCATT unions.

BACKGROUND
* Heathrow building workers set to strike again

Heathrow building workers set to strike again

A second strike by workers building Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport looks set to go ahead.

On Tuesday, employers Laing O'Rourke offered scaffolders and labourers an extra 67p an hour in bonus pay - short of union members' call for £1 an hour.

But GMB and Transport and General Workers' Union said until members are balloted, the strike will take place.

Hundreds are expected to walk out on Friday and Monday for the second time.

The GMB stated:

Strike action hits new Heathrow terminal 5 site

Nearly 1,000 workers building a £4. 2bn terminal at Heathrow airport went on a 24-hour strike today (16 Dec ).

Picket lines were set up at Terminal 5 (T5) from before dawn as workers from three unions took action over bonus payments.

“More than 900 people have stopped work today,” said Steve Kelly, construction branch secretary of the GMB union, who was on a picket line.

Strike action hits new Heathrow terminal 5 site

Nearly 1,000 workers building a £4. 2bn terminal at Heathrow airport went on a 24-hour strike today.

Nearly 1,000 workers building a £4. 2bn terminal at Heathrow airport went on a 24-hour strike today (16 Dec ). Picket lines were set up at Terminal 5 (T5) from before dawn as workers from three unions took action over bonus payments.

“More than 900 people have stopped work today,” said Steve Kelly, construction branch secretary of the GMB union, who was on a picket line.

Laing workers to strike at Terminal 5

Hundreds of workers employed by Laing O'Rourke at Terminal 5 will stage a two-week overtime ban and strike several times in December and January.

The first strike days have been confirmed as starting at 6.45am on Friday 16th and ending 6.45am on Tuesday 20th December, an overtime ban will start at the same time, and further strikes are planned between the 20th and 23rd of January. The dispute is primarily over a £1/hour increase on bonuses which other contractors on site have agreed to.

Wildcat action brewing over the Laing O'Rourke 'contrick'

Workers employed by construction giant Laing O'Rourke are refusing the company's new pay and conditions deal.

Under the new contract or 'contrick' as it has been renamed by workers, pay will be halved, bonuses will be decided by management, a day off must be planned 40 days in advance and holiday pay could be cut by £20 per day for each worker. Management has told workers they will be sacked if they do not sign.

Cordoba, Antonio Zapata, 1908-2000

Antonio Zapata Cordoba

A short biography of construction worker, anarchist and Spanish Civil War fighter Antonio Zapata Cordoba.

Antonio Zapata Cordoba was born in San Javier in Murcia, Spain in 1908. The youngest of four brothers of a family of day labourers, he attended a rationalist school set up by miners from the age of 5, which had a profound effect on him. At the age of 9 he had to start work in the fields. He went to Barcelona at the age of 12 here his brothers were working.