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Crossrail building workers set to protest

CONSTRUCTION workers on the Crossrail project plan to stage a demonstration tomorrow in a dispute over missed payments, their union announced yesterday.

Workers on the new railway line through London complain that a computerised system used by contractors is not registering all their work, leaving them out of pocket.

An official with construction union Ucatt said a fingerprint recognition system used to log working hours was not operating properly, leading to some workers losing out on payment for an entire shift.

Ucatt London region secretary Jerry Swain said: “We will be holding a demonstration on Thursday to highlight these issues.”

Due to start in the early hours, the protest in Holborn, central London, is thought to be the first such action in what is likely to be a lengthy dispute, a Ucatt spokesman told the Star.

A Crossrail spokesman said: “We have asked the contractor to investigate the claims to make sure that its system for registering staff is working correctly.”

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