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New call for Crossrail protests

by Alan Kenny
Issue No. 2444

Around 80 people attended the national construction rank and file meeting in Glasgow last Saturday. 

Much discussion was given over to the situation on London’s Crossrail project. 

Two Unite members have been sacked recently on different Crossrail sites after raising health and safety concerns.

And last week the verdict was out in the inquest into Rene Tkacik’s death. Rene, a 44 year old Slovakian man, was killed by a ton of falling wet concrete in March last year on the Fisher Street site.

A whistleblower’s evidence, which reported among other things incidents of falling wet concrete, was deemed inadmissible.

The verdict was accidental death but an accompanying narrative verdict raised more questions than it answered.

In particular it mentioned the lack of a safety exclusion zone. It was reported that one worker was taken to hospital in a van instead of an ambulance after an accident so a formal report wouldn’t be logged.

The meeting voted unanimously for a campaign of protests which will begin this week.

Blacklisted worker Dave Smith is set to launch his new book Blacklisted—the secret war between big business and union activists on Thursday of this week in the Houses of Parliament, Committee room 15 from 6pm.

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Tue 10 Mar 2015, 16:47 GMT
Issue No. 2444
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