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Electricians protests: Pickets hold strong at Carrington Paper Mill

Several minibusses full of construction workers  refused to cross the picket lines at the unfinished Carrington Paper Mill today.

This was despite a management organised meeting the day before warning any workers who didn’t come into work that they would face the sack.

Scores of undeterred sparks targeted the building site, which is run by Balfour Beatty – one of the seven remaining companies aiming to tear up the JIB working agreement and reduce workers’ wages by 35 per cent.

Many workers also used their holiday entitlement, refusing to work.

The paper mill contract – worth £250 million is already two months behind schedule – and todays action will punish Spanish paper company SAICA for hiring Balfour Beatty which has in the past paid private investigators with dealings in blacklists.

A solidarity meeting for the electricians will take place at Manchester University Student Union this evening at 7.30pm


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