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Dec
2016
Saturday 3rd
posted by Morning Star in Britain

by Steve Sweeney
and Conrad Landin

CROSSRAIL bosses were accused of shipping in a scab workforce following another walkout yesterday over the continued victimisation of a trade union steward at the beleaguered rail project.

Around 60 workers have been picketing engineering firm Laing O’Rourke’s headquarters in Tottenham Court Road, central London, since Thursday over the bosses’ attempts to remove Unite steward Terry Wilson from the site.

The blacklisting construction giants are refusing to recognise Mr Wilson as the workers’ elected representative. The management is also accused of failing to enter talks with the union over second tier payments.

At midday yesterday, the site based on the north side of busy Oxford Street was being staffed by a small number of workers.

One of them suggested to the Star that he was one of the staff members that the company had transferred from a different part of Crown House — the Laing O’Rourke division working on the new suburban rail project.

He told the Star that he did not belong to a trade union.

Secretary of the Blacklist Support Group Dave Smith accused Laing O’Rourke of victimising a Mr Wilson.

He warned: “Let’s make this clear, we are not going to accept this shit. And there will be a fight if the blacklisting firms think they can get away with this sort of nonsense.”

Union sources have warned that action could spread to other Crossrail sites unless bosses enter talks to resolve long-running disputes over pay and trade union victimisation.

Workers have vowed to picket the site again on Monday morning unless bosses reverse plans to move Mr Wilson.

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