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Unite goes to Spain to highlight Ferrovial’s British scandal

Unite goes to Spain to highlight Ferrovial’s British scandal

24 June 2013

Unite, Britain’s biggest union, will be in Barcelona and Madrid (see notes to editors) to protest at Ferrovial's involvement in the blacklisting and victimisation of trade unionists working on Crossrail - the biggest construction project in Europe.

In September 2012 sub-contracting company EIS was removed from the Crossrail project and 28 workers made redundant. The company had been employed by the consortium BFK (BAM, Ferrovial and Kier) to complete essential electrical work. There is meaningful evidence that the EIS contract was terminated as part of a wider strategy to victimise trade unionists and prevent trade union activity. 

Already one shareholder Credit Mutuel Arkea (owner of French fund manager Federal Finance) has pulled its shareholdings out of Ferrovial after hearing Unite's evidence.

Unite believes that shop steward, Frank Morris, and his colleagues were put out of work just because Mr Morris was an active trade unionist who raised legitimate health and safety concerns.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “BFK needs to understand that it can’t hide behind the technicalities of the law - this is a question of ethics. It is not acceptable to put people out of work because one man tried to protect his fellow workers. 

"Already one shareholder - Federal Finance - has pulled its shareholding out of Ferrovial after hearing Unite’s evidence and I would not be surprised if more were to follow.

"We will not tolerate outrageous anti-union discrimination which has ruined and endangered the lives of our members for many years. Unite has now launched an international campaign, which will ensure that Ferrovial’s shareholders and clients are pressed to make moral and ethical decisions about their future relations with the company." 

ENDS 

Contact Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2065 or 07967 665869 

Notes to editors: 

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

Unite will be protesting on:

  • Tuesday 25 June at 09:00, Barcelona City Hall, Pl. Sant Jaume, 1 E-08002 Barcelona
  • Wednesday 26 June at 09:00, outside the Ministry of Public Works, Ministerio de Fomento, Paseo de la Castellana, 67 E-28046 Madrid