Protest as Crossrail contractor faces claim for blacklisting

Protest as Crossrail contractor faces claim for blacklisting

20 May 2013

Unite, Britain’s biggest union, will hold a protest outside the London Central Employment Tribunal in support of Frank Morris who was sacked from the Crossrail project.

In September 2012, Frank Morris, the Unite union representative at Crossrail, was dismissed along with 28 electrical workers from the sub-contractor EIS. Mr Morris believes the Crossrail consortium Bam Ferrovial Kier (BFK) terminated the contract because of trade union activity and whistleblowing.

Unite believes his name was on a blacklist because he raised health and safety concerns when he was working at the Olympic site. The union believes Frank Morris is now the victim of another blacklisting conspiracy by the construction consortium BFK.

The claim against BFK, supported by Unite's legal services, will continue at the London Central Employment Tribunal tomorrow (21 May). The claim is being brought under the blacklisting regulations introduced in April 2010 after the blacklisting organisation, the Consulting Association, was raided in 2009 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and a blacklist was discovered.

Ian Kerr, the former chairman of the Consulting Association, has admitted having discussions with Crossrail. Both Bam and Kier are known subscribers to the Consulting Association blacklisting services.

Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey said: "Unite is behind Frank Morris 100 per cent. There is meaningful evidence that blacklisting continues, even on Crossrail - Britain's most high profile construction project.

"Too many construction workers and their families have suffered just because they had concerns over health and safety in one of Britain's most dangerous industries, or just because they belonged to a trade union.
Blacklisting is a national scandal and Unite is determined to stamp out this practice because it ruins lives and has no place in a modern society. "


Contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Notes to editors:

Unite calling notice: 20 May 2013
When: Tuesday 21 May from 9:00 - 11:00
Where: London Central Employment Tribunal,  30 -34 Kingsway, London WC2B 6EX

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.