Socialist Worker

Victory for blacklisted construction worker Frank Morris

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2369

Frank Morris during a protest earlier this year

Frank Morris during a protest earlier this year (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Blacklisted Unite union shop steward Frank Morris has won. He will return to work on the Crossrail project on Monday of next week. 

Frank was sacked a year ago after he became a union steward and raised safety concerns. 

Anti-blacklisting campaigners argued that Frank’s dismissal was due to the blacklist. A high profile campaign of protests, occupations and stunts took on the Bam-Ferrovial-Kier (BFK) consortium that is building Crossrail.

A joint statement from Unite and BFK said, “There has been no contravention of the blacklisting regulations on the BFK Crossrail projects”. But it added, “BFK acknowledge that the conclusion of the EIS contract could have been handled better.”

Dave Smith from the Blacklist Support Group said, “The Crossrail dispute was about the future direction of trade unionism in the building industry.

“Such blatant blacklisting was a declaration of war. If they thought we didn’t have the stomach or the troops for a fight—they were wrong.

“The comment that there has been no contravention of the blacklisting regs on the Crossrail project is simply an indication of how ineffectual the regulations are. 

“The legal system could not get him his job back, so we had to rely on our own strength. This was solidarity at its very best.”

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