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Crossrail chief rejects Unite's "unsubstantiated" claims of blacklisting

Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme has rejected “unsubstantiated” claims of blacklisting from trade union Unite.

The rebuttal comes on the same day shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has scheduled a commons debate on blacklisting. Labour MP Kerry McCarthy today called for a full investigation into blacklisting.

“Crossrail limited is not aware of, and has seen no evidence of, blacklisting of any kind in connection with the Crossrail project,” said Wolstenholme.

“If Unite has any evidence then we wish to see it; we have made this point a number of times and yet none has been forthcoming.”

All principal contractors involved in the Crossrail project have confirmed that no blacklisting took place.

The Consulting Association, which was responsible for the blacklist, was shut down in 2009 after enforcement action by the Information Commissioner. The first Crossrail contracts were awarded in December 2010.

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