TUC DAY OF ACTION ON BLACKLISTING
For over 20 years employers in the construction industry used secret files to vet new recruits and keep out of employment trade union and health and safety activists.
This blacklisting came to light when in March 2009 when the Information Commissioner’s Office raided the offices of the Consulting Association and exposed the existence of a blacklist containing the details of 3,213 construction workers. They also found that the blacklist had been used by over 40 UK construction companies.
It is four and a half years since 44 construction workers were exposed as blacklisters following a raid on the Consulting Association by the Information Commissioner. The raid followed a tip off two years earlier than the company had been keeping secret files illegally for over 16 years. Yet even now, most of the 3,213 blacklisted construction workers and environmentalists are still unaware they have been blacklisted as they have not been contacted. Nor has a penny been paid to any of the victims.
That is why the TUC is calling for a Day of Action against Blacklisting. This will be held on 20th November.
The aim is to get the industry to “Own Up, Clean Up, Pay Up”!
The companies involved need to Own Up and accept responsibility for what they have done in the past,
They also need to Clean UP and ensure that it does not happen again by having transparent recruitment procedures that are agreed with tread unions and properly monitored
Then they must Pay Up and compensate all those who have suffered as a result of their actions. Many of those who were blacklisted were unable to work in the industry again had years of unemployment. They deserve compensation.
The TUC and the unions working in construction want a full public inquiry into the blacklisting scandal along the lines of the Leveson Inquiry into press behaviour.
Only by taking strong action now can we ensure that there is no repeat of this disgraceful affair and that no further lives are ruined by the unscrupulous behaviour of unprincipled employers.