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Sparks take on sackings

Issue No. 2330

Workers protested over the sacking of Crossrail electrician Frank Morris on Wednesday of last week.

Frank, a Unite union shop steward, was banned from the project after raising concerns over dangerous cables in the tunnels.

Electricians and supporters from the North West, Wales, Yorkshire, the Midlands and Scotland travelled to the protest at London’s Oxford Street site. They blocked Oxford Street during rush hour, despite rather zealous policing.

Meanwhile, some 28 workers employed by contractor EIS lost their jobs two months ago when the firm’s Crossrail contract was terminated. EIS was taken off the job by the Bam, Ferrovial, Kier (BFK) consortium after workers raised safety concerns.

Unite union safety rep Rodney Valentine was removed from the site immediately after he was elected. He was subsequently dismissed. There have been daily pickets at the Westbourne Park Crossrail site ever since.

Rank and file electricians are appealing for donations. Send cheques payable to “Joint Sites Committee” to 70 Darnay Rise, Chelmsford CM1 4XA

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Tue 20 Nov 2012, 17:39 GMT
Issue No. 2330
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