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Electrician wins re-employment after London street blockaded

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2441

Anti-blacklisting campaigners block Oxford Street

Anti-blacklisting campaigners block Oxford Street (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Anti-blacklisting activists took on the Crossrail project in London again this week and won.

An electrician who was sacked after raising health and safety concerns was re-employed after a blockade on Monday of this week.

The worker told Socialist Worker, “When I started on the Monday I was told there was three years work on the job. Midweek I raised worries about health and safety. On Friday I was told there was no work for me. After I was told there was no work I went to meet the health and safety and project managers. When I came back, security and a manager escorted me off site.” 

Activists blocked traffic on London’s busiest shopping street against the sacking. He said, “I’ve got my job back. Hopefully it’ll set a precedent to let Crossrail know everyone deserves to work in a safe place. 

“At the moment there’s a climate of fear. Most people are employed by an agency and can be moved at any time.”

The Unite union member has been informed he is on full pay while the union sorts out the details of his employment.


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Tue 17 Feb 2015, 15:56 GMT
Issue No. 2441
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