8 February 2013
On Thursday 7 February, electricians held their latest flashmob protest over victimisation and blacklisting on the Crossrail project.
Electricians were joined by a delegation of Unite members involved in the Widnes Howdens Joinery Group dispute who were in London to protest at the offices of a number of shareholders of the group, including Black Rock and Cazenove.
Rush hour traffic ground to a halt for two hours on Oxford Street in London’s West End. There have been months of protests since the sacking of Unite rep, Frank Morris and 27 other Unite members from the Westbourne Park site in September.
Ian Kerr, head of the Consulting Association which ran the blacklist, told the Scottish Affairs committee investigation into blacklisting in December, that the Crossrail project had been discussed at length during meetings about the list.
Rank and file electricians have pledged to continue the protests until the “Crossrail 28″ are reinstated on the project.
A protest calling for union recognition on a construction site at Haverton Hill on Teesside on Monday 7 March saw around 80 electricians and supporters protest.