Unite in Amsterdam to protest against BAM blacklisting...

Unite in Amsterdam to protest against BAM blacklisting on Crossrail

23 April 2013

Unite, Britain’s biggest union, will be in Amsterdam outside the AGM of Dutch firm, Royal BAM to protest against the blacklisting and victimisation of trade unionists working on Crossrail by its British subsidiary, BAM Nuttall.

WHEN: Wednesday 24 April 2013, 15.00 CET
WHERE: Outside the Koepelzaal of the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel, Kattengat 1, NL-1012 SZ Amsterdam.

The Unite delegation will include blacklisted Unite member Steve Acheson and Unite shop steward Frank Morris.  In September 2012 Frank Morris, the Unite union representative at Crossrail, was dismissed and he believes the Crossrail consortium Bam Ferrovial Kier (BFK) is implicated. Unite also believes he is the victim of a blacklisting conspiracy and is currently supporting his cae at an employment tribunal.

The protestors will meet with colleagues from Dutch unions to explain their grievances against BAM before going on to protest outside Royal BAM Group’s AGM.

BAM Nuttall paid £38,371.85 to the blacklisting organisation the Consulting Association to run checks on workers between 1996 and 2009.

Unite assistant general secretary, Gail Cartmail, who will attend the protest said: “Blacklisting ruins lives and we believe it is continuing today on Crossrail. 

“Unite believes that the people of Holland and BAM’s shareholders deserve to know about BAM’s behaviour elsewhere in Europe. This company is putting its reputation at serious risk by associating itself with blacklisting. Unite will use every legal means at its disposal to end this blight and to expose the companies and individuals that indulge in it.”


Contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Notes to editors:
  • Last year 28 electrical workers, including Unite shop Steward Frank Morris, were sub-contracted on a Crossrail tunnelling project run by a BAM joint venture (BFK).   
  • The managing director of the subcontractor EIS has made a statement claiming that its contract was terminated because of whistleblowing and trade union activity amongst the workforce.
  • BAM Nuttall was a member of an unlawful blacklisting organisation called the Consulting Association that was raided and closed down in 2009.
  • Unite believes that a ‘blacklisting’ culture still exists in BAM Nuttall and is now being used against workers on Crossrail.
  • Bam Nuttall’s key contact in the Consulting association, former Bam Director of Human Resources, Pat Swift, still works for BAM on a contract basis and was seen at a BFK site only last week.
  • 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.