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Crossrail contract workers stage welfare facilities protest

Construction workers on the Crossrail development are to protest tomorrow (29 September) over poor working conditions.

Workers for ATC, a joint venture between Alstom, TSO and Costain, reportedly have to walk long distances to go to the toilet as there are no portable toilets at a tunnelling site. 

ATC has been contracted by Crossrail to fit out and commission tunnels underneath the streets of London, between Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane and Plumstead Portals in the west, east and south east of the city. 

Barckley Sumner, head of press at construction union UCATT, told IOSH Magazine: “Our understanding is that working conditions aren’t nearly as good as they should be on such a high-profile project.” 

A spokesperson from Crossrail said: “There are concerns around workers walking a long way to go to the toilet […] We have asked the contractor ATC to investigate these issues.”

One worker told Construction Enquirer: “We haven’t had a mobile toilet in the tunnel down here for weeks now. We have to walk all the way to Tottenham Court Road which is two miles away.”

IOSH Magazine contacted Alstom, which is leading the joint venture, but a spokesperson declined to comment.

The demonstration will start shortly before 7am at the Fisher Street site entrance in Holborn and is expected to last approximately one hour.


Keeley Downey was the former assistant editor of IOSH Magazine. Previously she was editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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  • If this rumour is correct

    Permalink Submitted by Tony Hill on 30 September 2016 - 02:06 am

    If this rumour is correct (can the editorial team please double check the facts) and not some politically motivated aggravation - then we have great cause for concern!~ It is surely unacceptable that such a situation can exist in this day and age! In 1989-92 During my time in the construction of the channel tunnel such a situation existed in the main underground works (TML) with workers making do with using the muck away wagons and buckets. However - we in the Balfour Beatty power team ensured that every working crew had a freshly serviced portaloo and sheltered /welfare accommodation built into our work rigs where ever they were located in the tunnel.


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