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Crossrail construction derailed as workers plan protest in row over pay

PUBLISHED: 16:55 27 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:55 27 September 2016

Crossrail preview of Abbey Wood station

Crossrail preview of Abbey Wood station

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A union official said a fingerprint recognition system used to log working hours was not working properly, with some employees not paid for an entire shift

Construction on a new rail line serving London and the south east is set to grind to a halt this week as workers stage a protest.

Builders working on the Crossrail project, officially to be known as the Elizabeth Line in honour of the Queen, claim a computerised system used by contractors is not registering all their work, leaving them out of pocket.

The development would see a railway line running through London from Reading to Essex, also terminating at Abbey Wood in Bexley.

Kent County Council has recently said it would continue to back the line’s extension into Gravesend, though a Crossrail spokesperson confirmed no additional plans had been decided ahead of its expected opening in December 2018.

Speaking ahead of the planned protest, a union official said a fingerprint recognition system used to log working hours was not working properly, with some employees not paid for an entire shift.

Jerry Swain, London regional secretary of the building workers’ union Ucatt, said: “We will be holding a demonstration on Thursday to highlight these issues.”

A Crossrail spokesman added: “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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