Videos of the year - end HS2 union busting

Unite national officer Jerry Swain speaks from HS2 demo

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Every day over the festive season, we’re featuring a range of our top videos of the year that show Unite doing what it does best – advancing the jobs, pay and conditions of its members and fighting back against any efforts to diminish workers’ living standards.

Today, we look back at a protest staged by Unite’s contruction members outside the HS2 Skanska-Costain-Strabag Joint Venture site in August over the consortium’s flouting of the HS2 agreement by not allowing union officials ‘meaningful’ access to the site.

The demonstration was the start of a long-term campaign to stop the union-busting activities of companies like Skanska and Costain which are renowned for blacklisting union members.

Speaking from the demo, Unite national officer Jerry Swain explained why the protest was so significant and just what’s at stake in the clip below:

Film by Martin Scanlon

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