UCATT welcomes Early Day Motion in the Commons listing abuses on Crossrail and denying union access

Labour MP for Jarrow, Stephen Hepburn, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling on Crossrail to address a number of serious industrial relations issues including employee surveillance, workers not being paid, aggression towards trade unions and denial of access for union officials.


The flagship London infrastructure project has been dogged by controversy which main contractor Costain-ATC has sought to bury. Workers have also been subjected to substandard welfare facilities, often having to walk miles to a toilet and being required to work until physically and mentally exhausted.


Mr Hepburn said there were concerns about blacklisting, breaches of data protection, and physical intimidation when a lorry driver threatened to run over union officials.


UCATT London and South East Regional Secretary, Jerry Swain, said: “We welcome Stephen Hepburn’s intervention and we call on all MPs – of whatever party – to support this EDM for an investigation. Crossrail is a high-profile, nationally important, infrastructure project, which should be an exemplar of worker conditions and industrial relations.”





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