By the end of this year, the Elizabeth line will be opened, a part of the Crossrail project that will cross, amongst other destinations, the centre of London and Heathrow. However, the employees of the Woolwich section will make a public stand for their working conditions on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of February.
Juanjo Andrés Cuervo
Since the first London underground line opened in 1863 the train system has been rolling out to high levels.
Bearing in mind that the estimated number of people living in the British capital is almost 9 million, there can be no doubt that the fluidity of public transport has significantly helped the growth of the city. Therefore, the workers have put their efforts into facilitating this dynamic train revolution that keeps including more lines in order to satisfy the inhabitants.
In fact, in December 2018 in the city centre, the Elizabeth line will be opened.
This line will circulate between the London zones 1 and 6. This section forms part of the billion-pound Crossrail project and, on top of this, will carry out the journey to Heathrow airport in barely 20 minutes.
Even though many have benefitted from the growth of public transport, in recent years many employees have protested against the conditions that they are subjected to by businesses.
As a result, on the 10th of January this year the workers of Balfour Beatty carried out a strike, and from now on, the workers located in Woolwich will protest every Wednesday during the month of February with the help of the Unite syndicate.
This is due to the fact that the company’s electricians are demanding better wages and a special bonus that is given to workers who participate in similar projects and that would allow them to lodge without losing money.
In this case, the importance of the bonus is vital because the electricians that work in Woolwich live outside of London and they need to rent temporary housing while they form part of the project.
Furthermore, it is not the first time that Balfour Beatty has been in the spotlight. Before Christmas the Woolwich workers protested when they were told that more than 60 electricians in the zone would be fired.
Guy Langston, the regional official of Unite stated that, “A single day’s strike has already created delays on the project and increased industrial action will create widespread disruption throughout Crossrail”.
(Translated by Sarah Claman) – Photos: Pixabay