Blacklisting Day of Action a success
The TUC day of action against blacklisting was a fantastic success. Culminating in a rally in Parliament, the day saw action outside several construction sites in London, Glasgow,Hemel Hempstead, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham and Wolverhampton. There were also events at the Welsh Senedd in Cardiff and the Scottish Parliament.
At the Westminster rally TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady condemned the governmnet for their refusal to hold an inquiry into blacklisting while at the same time setting up an inquiry into unions for defending their members. A statement was also read from Ed Miliband demanding that the Government set up an official inquiry, while Chuka Umunna, Shadow Business Secretary committed the next Labour Government to holding one.
Meanwhile in Scotland the Scottish Government announced that they would not allow blacklisting companies to tender for public sector work in Scotland. This followed a similar pledge by the Welsh Government.
But the day really belonged to the blacklisted workers themselves. They were out in force on the various protests and four spoke at the Westminster rally, including Dave Smith of the Blacklist Support Group who got a standing ovation after promising that they would not go away until they had achieved justice for themselves but also ensured no other workers would have to face the same treatment in the future.
You can read the speech by Frances O’Grady at the TUC website.