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Yesterday, some 80 or so construction workers, many of them unemployed, gathered outside the head office of the TGWU (Unite) in central London, demanding action from the union. Many had been refused work at a Nottinghamshire power station. The crowd was later addressed by Tony Woodley, the joint general secretary of Unite, who recognised the just cause of those demonstrating. “Casualisation is the curse of the construction industry as it has been on the docks and elsewhere”, he said.