First off, in my round-up of interesting articles about the West Coast Port Shutdown, I forgot to include the Salon article “Occupy vs. Big Labor”, which appeared a few days before the action and addressed some of the same issues my post did. Anyway, more to the point, the sparks’ walkouts are continuing – this morning saw walkouts in London, Cardiff, Manchester, Liverpool and Longannet, and there’s more to come over the next few days: a demo at the ACAS headquarters in London tomorrow, one outside Kings Cross Station from 6pm on Friday, and then protests in Glasgow and Heerema in Hartlepool on Saturday.
But that’s not all: the big news is that many mechanical & electrical workers under the NAECI agreements are meant to be walking out for the first time tomorrow. According to the Electricians Against the World blog, the affected sites will be:
Northwich gas storage
Octel ellesmere port
This sounds like a really big development, but I’m not best placed to analyse it since I don’t even know where half these places are. Still, this seems to be getting almost no discussion at the moment – a google news search for “NAECI” trying to get more information gave me a Socialist Worker article* and practically nothing else – so it seems worth putting this out there in the hope it might generate a bit more attention. Of course, the crucial thing is for anyone who lives near any of these places to get out there and physically support what’s going on.
* a Socialist Worker article that’s not even that accurate: at the time of writing, it contains a reference to “the companies who are trying to smash the Besna agreement”, when I’m pretty sure that Besna is the new contract they’re trying to replace the JIB with. I know this shit can be difficult, but it’s worth keeping up on it if you’re going to write articles about it.