Friday, 10 March 2017

Balfour Beatty Bosses Sacked on Crossrail

NEWS of the sacking by Balfour Beatty of the Project Director,  a Deputy Director and an industrial relation's consultant on Woolwich Crossrail, comes as CONSTRUCTION News reports today that:

'Balfour Beatty has seen off competition from Laing O'Rourke, Morgan Sindall and Vinci to land a £70m contract to complete and fit-out the new Crossrail station at Woolwich.'

Now work will start this month and complete in 2018 when Crossrail is due to fully open for service.
Balfour Beatty’s UK Construction chief executive Nicholas Pollard, said: 'Our experienced major project team’s ability to deliver high profile infrastructure schemes has been recognised with this award of the final Crossrail station package for Europe’s largest construction project. Our use of innovative computer-aided building information modelling tools, linked to off-site construction, will reduce the overall works programme compared to traditional construction methods.'
Sources close to the workers say that Gerry Harvey has asked the Unite union for talks to move the project forwardforward. 
The building site workers are demanding that all negotiations that take place must have an elected Unite Convenor and Woolwich shop stewards present. 
In December last year the Daily Mirror reported on another Crossrail project thus:
'Workers building Crossrail are ‘exhausted physically and mentally’, according to internal company documents seen by the Mirror.  They are having to walk through two miles of tunnels to take a toilet break and wasting two hours a day as a result, company emails reveal.'

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