More than 200 Crossrail workers walk out in solidarity after 54 colleagues lose their jobs
More than 250 Crossrail workers have walked out in solidarity with 54 sacked colleagues.
union-news.co.uk understands the dispute began after employer Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick failed to pay bonuses to workers. When Unite members voted to ballot for strike action, bosses are accused of ignoring procedures to dismiss 54 electricians.
The workers are angry that rather than last-in, first-out, bosses appeared to have selected workers at random, with the axe falling on several shop stewards, some of whom had been working onsite for six years, while retaining people who have been working for just four months.
In solidarity, 150 electricians working in Woolwich Station have walked off the job, along with 70 workers – including those operating heavy machinery – from three other sits across the city.
The man accused of laying off the 54 workers is Gerry Harvey, the director of Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Limited, who has been named in court for blacklisting trade union members.
Dave Smith, secretary of the Blacklist Support Group, told union-news.co.uk: “We are told blacklisting is a thing of the past but today’s anti-union hostility is plain for everyone to see.”
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