Unite on Skanska Crossrail dispute

Unite statement on Skanska Crossrail dispute

23 May 2017

Unite regional official Guy Langston said: “This is not a union backed dispute, indeed we have little knowledge as to who is involved in the protest, but it is inevitable that workplace practices such as this will lead to conflict between the employer and workers. The On-Site subcontractor refuses to acknowledge the employment relations policy that it agreed to when the company procured the contract with Skanska and Crossrail.

“For some reason the company doesn’t seem to understand the value of good industrial relations with its workers. Although this is not a union dispute, Unite has offered to attend the site to see what assistance we can give to find a resolution.

“Crossrail is being built with public funds. It is time that the construction industry turned over a new leaf, stopped repeating the behaviours of the past, and recognises the importance of a genuine industrial relationship built upon respect.”

Unite’s Strategic Case Unit recently launched a legal challenge against On-Site Recruitment Solutions relating to its attempts to avoid basic worker rights through bogus self-employment on a separate publicly funded project at Broadmoor hospital. Last week (18 May 2017) the Employment Appeal Tribunal confirmed Unite’s appeal case will proceed to a full hearing. Unite’s Strategic Case Unit will be reviewing the arrangements On-Site have with Crossrail workers.


Notes to editors:

For further information on Unite’s Strategic Case Unit’s case concerning On-Site go to

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  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.