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Union backtracks on Crossrail blacklisting claims

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Unite has dropped claims against the BAM Ferrovial Kier joint venture (BFK) over alleged blacklisting of union members delivering Crossrail projects across the capital.

In a statement Unite said “BFK and Unite agree that there has been no contravention of the Blacklisting Regulations on the BFK Crossrail projects”.

Crossrail described the statement as an admission by Unite that no blacklisting had taken place, but in a further comment, Unite said that although it believed there had been no breach of regulations, the announcement only exposed the “weakness of current legislation”.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail chief executive, said: “Blacklisting is indefensible, unacceptable and unlawful.
“Over the last year, the Unite union has made a series of misleading and unsubstantiated allegations concerning blacklisting on the Crossrail project.
“By their own admission, Unite advised the Scottish Affairs Committee that their evidence was circumstantial and was not sufficient to prove blacklisting.”

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