Solidarity with the Sparks

Protesting outside Trinity Leeds site

Today, Youth Fight for Jobs activists joined in with construction workers protesting against the imposition of the new Besna contract by the ‘Big 7’ construction employers (Balfour Beatty Engineering Services, Crown House Technologies, Gratte Brothers, NG Bailey, Shepherd Engineering Sevices, SPIE Matthew Hall & T. Clark)

Leeds Youth Fight for Jobs

The contract will see a slashing of pay of 35% as they aim to deskill work on construction sites. Part of this includes lowering the level of training for electrical apprentices from an NVQ level 3 (skilled work) to an NVQ level 2 (semi-skilled). Despite all the government rhetoric of investing in training for young people, this is the reality of what their big business chums have in store for young people, a race to the bottom in terms of training, education and pay.