Supporters demand action as Scunthorpe scaffolders prepare to strike
- Friday 21 January 2022
What: Protests at four Actavo sites across England, Scotland & Ireland.
When: 11:30 – 13:30 on Monday 24 January 2022.
Where: Dublin, North Lincolnshire, Chepstow & Livingston, Scotland. (see details below)
Campaigners will stage protests at four Actavo sites across England, Scotland and Ireland to demand that Actavo pays scaffolders the rate for the job.
The scaffolders employed by Actavo at British Steel in Scunthorpe will begin continuous strike action this Wednesday (26 January 2022). The workers are being paid up to 15 per cent below the agreed rate for the job under the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI).
Unite is calling on both British Steel and Actavo to enter into tripartite negotiations with Unite.
The union and thousands of supporters are calling on Actavo and British Steel to take responsibility for the 'mess' they have created by refusing to apply the national agreement and pay workers the rate for the job.
Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham said: “Supporters across the UK and Ireland are sending a clear message. Pay the Scunthorpe scaffolders the rate for the job.
“British Steel and Actavo need to understand that Unite is standing firm. We will fight tooth and nail to stop the race to the bottom. British Steel and Actavo can’t go on ignoring the issue forever."
14,000 supporters have signed Unite’s petition calling on Actavo CEO Brian Kelly to respect national agreements and pay his company's scaffolders the agreed rate for the job. https://www.megaphone.org.uk/petitions/actavo-pay-scaffolders-fairly
Unite regional officer Richard Bedford said: “We call on both British Steel and Actavo to join Unite in tripartite discussions. It's time for all parties to get around the negotiating table so the scaffolders can get back to work.”
The workers are in a long running dispute with their employer Actavo (UK). But Unite says that the client, British Steel, must also take responsibility for this long running dispute. Problems began in 2019, as a result of the scaffolders not being paid in line with the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI). The rates for the workforce are currently between 10-15 per cent (depending on specific roles) below these rates. The workers maintain 500 scaffolding structures at the British Steel site.
The protests will take place at:
Actavo - Head Office in Dublin
Westland House, Willow Rd, New Nangor Road, Fox-And-Geese Common, Dublin 12, Co. Dublin, D12 DK12, Ireland
Actavo - Chepstow, 3 Severn Link, Newhouse Farm, Chepstow NP16 6UN
Actavo - Brigg, North Lincolnshire, Island Carr Industrial Estate, Island Carr Rd, Brigg DN20 8PD
Actavo - Livingston, Scotland
Houston Industrial Estate, 6 Muir Rd, Livingston EH54 5DR
For more information please contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315
Email: [email protected]
Notes to editors:
Unite is the leading union in the UK and Ireland, dedicated to defending and improving members' jobs, pay and conditions. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.