Support Crossrail construction workers' strike!

Submitted by Off The Rails on Mon, 12/05/2016 - 19:05

Workers at the Crossrail construction site on Tottenham Court Road, Central London, are striking in protest at the forced displacement of Terry Wilson, their site steward, to a different workplace.

Terry was transferred after 200 workers protested at Crossrail's headquarters to demand increased "second-tier" (bonus) payments, and occupied the site offices of Crown House Technologies and Laing O'Rourke.

The contractor which employs the workers, Crown House Technologies, has refused to meet with Terry since his election as steward, and the decision to displace him following the protest is a clear attempt to victimise a trade union rep and break up union organisation on the site.

The strike is the latest in a series of flashpoints on Crossrail construction sites over a number of years, which also included the long-running battle to win reinstatement for sacked union activist Frank Morris.

The current strike is a wildcat action. Solidarity, including donations to the strike fund, could help it win.

Send email messages of support to Terry at terrydw1ilson@aol.com, send cheques, payable to "Unite London Construction LE/0555 Branch" to Unite, 33-37 Moreland Street, London EC1V 8BB (write "TCR Crossrail Strike Fund" on the back), or make an online donation to Account 20276649, Sort Code 608301.

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