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Crossrail workers to strike in January over pay dispute

PUBLISHED: 16:19 21 December 2017

The Elizabeth line will fully open in December 2019 Picture: Catherine Davison

The Elizabeth line will fully open in December 2019 Picture: Catherine Davison

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Electricians on the Crossrail project are to stage a 24-hour strike in the new year in a dispute over pay.

Members of the Unite union employed by Balfour Beatty on the south eastern section of the Elizabeth line - which runs between Whitechapel and Abbey Wood - will walk out on January 10, with other stoppages threatened.

The workers voted by 85 per cent in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay and a finishing bonus the union says is payable when employees are informed they are to be made redundant.

Unite said it is the first time that official industrial action has been called on Crossrail.

Regional officer Guy Langston said: “We have repeatedly tried to resolve this issue through negotiation but Balfour Beatty has refused to take the workforce’s concerns seriously.

“We have had no option but to take strike action, this will undoubtedly cause disruption and could potentially delay the entire project.”

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