LABOUR TO HOLD INQUIRY INTO BLACKLISTING
The Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna has told the Labour Party conference in Brighton that Labour aims to launch a “full inquiry” into the “disgraceful” practice of blacklisting in the building industry, if the present Government does not. At present there are no signs that it is likely to.
This is great news, although unions still want a full Leveson-style independent inquiry, as well as compensation for the victims and apologies from the construction companies who ruined so many lives.
At a conference fringe meeting, Dave Smith of the Blacklist Support Group, who is one of the blacklisted workers, revealed 36 pages of information gathered on him, including photographs and details of his family. He is currently fighting to clear his name at an employment tribunal after discovering he was on the list.
The Scottish Affairs select committee is currently holding an inquiry into the whole issue of blacklisting, including whether it is still going on, whether the law needed to be changed, and if compensation should be paid to workers on the list.
The TUC, in partnership with the construction unions GMB, UCATT and Unite, and the Blacklist Support Group, is holding a Day of Action on Blacklisting on 20th November.