Construction conflicts: Crossrail wildcat, and Frank Morris reinstated again

A few pieces of news from rank-and-file workers fighting back in the construction industry:

A wildcat strike broke out at Crossrail this week, with electricians stopping work at Canning Town, Holborn and Mile End in a long-running dispute over bonus payments and union recognition.

According to a post in the Blacklist Support Group:

“UPDATE on spreading action on Crossrail

100s of workers on Crossrail downed tools today and cabined up at Canning Town, Holborn and Mile End to defend their elected reps following victimization on a site run by the blacklisting firm Skanska.

3 Unite stewards & a safety rep have been elected on 3 Crossrail shafts. The employment agency ON-SITE refuses to recognise them and workers claim they have been victimised by reducing their hours.

The main contractor is SRW – a joint venture between Skanska, Rashleigh, Weatherfoil. Scandinavia construction giant Skanska are one of the companies who admitted their involvement in the notorious Consulting Association blacklist in the High Court last year.

SRW issued letter to every worker withholding their wages and threatening them unless they return to work tomorrow and complete a 10 hour shift.

Blacklisting is still going strong in construction but the rank & file are fighting back. Workers rights is a General Election issue. What has Theresa May got to say about blacklisting, agency workers rights or the victimization of union members?”

In response, Skanska sent out threatening letters telling workers that they won’t be allowed back unless they commit to not taking part in any further unofficial action:

There’s an emergency meeting for all M&E workers planned for 6:30 pm on May 30th at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square in London to discuss the dispute.

Meanwhile, over at Chase Farm hospital, Frank Morris, a blacklisted engineer who was previously sacked at Crossrail and then reinstated after a bitter dispute, was sacked again, and has now been reinstated once again after spending six weeks fighting his dismissal.

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