Staythorpe, 11 February

Submitted by martin on 21 February, 2009 - 12:23 Author: Liam Conway

Liam Conway was on the construction workers’ demonstration at the Staythorpe power station site in Nottinghamshire on Wednesday 11 February.

“About 200 workers, including some from the Lindsey Oil Refinery site, joined the demonstration. A big banner there said ‘End discrimination — no exploitation — no xenophobia’, though British Jobs For British Workers posters and Union Jacks were quite visible.

“There were also official flags, and a bland official leaflet, from Unite. None of it made clear precisely what were the demands of the demonstration, as distinct from placards or other material expressing union or individual opinions in a general way. Some workers were emphatic that for them the issue was trade union rights, but opinion probably differed.

“There was a heavy police presence. One of the Daily Star’s British Jobs for British Workers posters was visible, but, at least when I was there, the Daily Star did not attempt a photo-shoot stunt like the one at the Isle of Grain.”

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