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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 October 2012

Crossrail flashmob blocks London's Oxford Street

As we reported last week, 28 workers including a Unite steward and safety rep have been dismissed from the Crossrail Westbourne Park site in west London.

The unionised workers employed by EIS Electrical were searched and removed from the site at the instruction of Bam Ferrovial Kier (BFK), the consortium of contractors building Crossrail.

Crossrail is going to be one of the largest infrastructure jobs in the whole of Western Europe - if it is unionised the workforce will earn good wages and the job will be safe.

The importance of this was underlined when a recent accident at Westbourne Park caused the site to be closed.

Around 50 construction workers and their supporters blocked Oxford Street in central London on 26 September, where there is a large Crossrail site.

There was a lot of support from passing shoppers and workers when large banners protesting at the sackings and blacklisting were unfurled.

See: www.shopstewards.net for a video.

Watch this space for news of further 'flashmob' protests. There are also daily protests at Westbourne Park, 6.30-9am.

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In The Socialist 3 October 2012:


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Tory education policy: 'This is just about making cuts isn't it?'

Building the fightback in the universities

Suspended student union president continues fight for reinstatement

NUT activists prepare for action

Barnfield College, Luton: Kick private profit out of education

Partial victory for international students at London Metropolitan

No to slave labour in universities


International socialist news and analysis

Europe: Class struggle returns with a bang

South Africa: Solidarity with miners

Algerian war of independence 1954-1962


Socialist Party NHS campaigning

Action against Profit From Illness!

South West NHS workers want action against 'pay cartel'

Save Greater Manchester mental healthcare

Cut the Con-Dems - not our NHS!


Socialist Party workplace news

Bin workers calling indefinite strike brought results

Day of Action to save HMRC nurseries

Crossrail flashmob blocks London's Oxford Street

Arts and culture workers need to fight back


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

The fight of all our lives - For a 24-hour general strike

Councillors must resist all Tory cuts

Thousands march for an independent Scotland

March for Jobs in Scotland

Rape is No Joke campaign discussed


Socialist Party news and analysis

Scotland: Lamont throws Labour Party into crisis

Sickened by Labour conference? Build the anti-cuts alternative!

Council tax benefit - new and not improved

Squatting conviction paves way for rise in homelessness

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