2 May 2013
Unite, together with the Blacklist Support Group, protested outside the Railtex exhibition taking place at the Earl’s Court exhibition centre in West London on Thursday 2 May.
Andrew Wolstenholme, the CEO of Crossrail was set to make a keynote speech at the exhibition.
Unite are demanding that Crossrail investigate an incident in which 28 Unite members were sacked from the Westbourne Park site following health and safety concerns being raised by a Unite steward, Frank Morris.
Crossrail is Europe’s largest construction project as is not set to be completed until 2018.
Unite believe that blacklisting is still rife and evident on the Crossrail project.
As hundreds of conference delegates flooded into Earl’s Court conference centre they were met with a lively protest of 60 people and a giant inflatable rat imploring Bam Ferrovial Kier not to ‘rat’ on workers. Leaflets explaining the situation were distributed to those going into the conference.
Protesters blocked the busy road outside the conference centre carrying giant banners with slogans like, “Blacklisting ruins lives”.
Later the protest moved to Google’s headquaters on Buckingham Palace Road. Google where protesters briefly occupied the reception.