Efforts to undermine #CammellLaird strikers pt 2: the petition

On Wednesday evening, the SKWAWKBOX published evidence of a coordinated campaign on social media to undermine the efforts and credibility of GMB and Unite members at the Cammell Laird shipyard on Merseyside as they take action to defend their jobs. The accounts involved are brand new and appear to have sprung up almost exclusively with […]

Coordinated efforts to undermine #CammellLaird strikers pt1: Twitter accounts spring up to troll

Union members at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead are united in a rolling strike action to defend their jobs after the company announced plans to make around forty percent of the workforce redundant just after winning a huge £619 million contract. Unions say that the redundancies are part of a move by the shipyard […]

Laird threatening staff with dismissal for talking to press about redundancies

Unite and GMB workers are staging a rolling strike and picket outside the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead after the company announced plans to make almost three hundred staff redundant shortly after winning a new £619 million project. Union members voted overwhelmingly for industrial action. A document has emerged showing that the company has threatened […]

Cammell Laird workers hold mass walk-out today to defend their jobs

  Workers at the Cammell Laird shipyard on Merseyside face the loss of almost three hundred jobs – just after the company won a new £619 million contract. Unions have accused the company of seeking to increase its casualised workforce and pad its profits. Today the shipyard’s union members will show solidarity in a mass […]

NHS body parts scandal: criminal investigation launched

Image credit: BBC The ‘NHS body parts scandal’, in which hundreds of tonnes of medical waste including human body parts have been left to pile up by a firm unable to properly fulfil a contract to incinerate them, is a grim example of the dangers of the government’s headlong rush to farm out NHS services […]

Govt was warned body-parts firm’s bid was unrealistically low

A huge scandal has broken today with the revelation by the Health Service Journal that a private firm with a public contract for disposing of clinical waste has been unable to execute its contract in a ‘timely’ fashion, leading to a ‘pile up‘ of hundreds of tonnes of human body parts and other waste. This is […]

Sandwell leader told press ‘we don’t use confidentiality agreements’. His family member had one

Sandwell Council (SBC) leader Steve Eling was at the centre of controversy when, after being the subject of an attack by a Tory MP, he told local press in the West Midlands that the council did not use confidentiality agreements with departed staff. The SKWAWKBOX subsequently published a copy of a confidentiality agreement that explicitly […]

Leaked letter shows Atos incentivising staff for VOLUME of disability claimant assessments

Atos is a French-based company that holds contracts with the UK government to carry out billions of pounds worth of services But not without controversy. The government announced in 2014 that a contract Atos had with the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) for ‘fitness to work’ assessments was being terminated early, after concerns over ‘significant […]