Balfour Beatty

Construction rank and file beat the bosses: No to ESO de-skilling dispute ends in a win!

After an extended campaign of direct action led by rank and file electricians, construction firms Balfour Beatty and NG Bailey have agreed to workers' demands and abandoned the controversial Electrical Support Operative grade.

No nuclear Grenfell: Construction rank and file blockade Atomic Weapons Establishment in de-skilling dispute

On Wednesday May 26th, rank and file electricians shut down work at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield site as the latest escalation in the ongoing #No2ESO dispute over construction companies attempting to de-skill their trade.

Rank and file electricians occupy Land Securities offices as de-skilling dispute continues

Rank-and-file electricians continue to take action over attempts by major construction contractors to de-skill their trade, including occupying the offices of companies that have contracts with NG Baileys.

Construction workers target NG Bailey and Balfour Beatty in de-skilling dispute

Construction workers are taking ongoing action against major construction companies in response to an attempt to use lower-paid workers with less training to carry out vital electrical work.

Hundreds refuse to cross picket line in wildcat Crossrail strike

Wildcat at crossrail

More than 200 workers at the flagship rail construction project have downed tools today in solidarity with more colleagues who have been sacked and locked out.

Balfour Beatty construction workers win swift victory in unofficial action

Balfour Beatty construction workers - the majority non-union - take successful unofficial strike action after management failed to keep their promises about time off for weekends.

Attack on electricians' contracts wobbles as Balfour Beatty folds

Sparks are celebrating a major breakthrough in their battle to stop a co-ordinated attempt by some of Britain's biggest construction firms to deskill their jobs and impose pay cuts of up to 35% after main player Balfour Beatty threw in the towel.

Electricians protest against pay cuts - updates and discussion

Update and discussion thread about the UK-wide demonstrations and mostly wildcat strikes of electricians (nicknamed "sparks") against deskilling and pay cuts of up to 35% across much of the industry.