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Business leaders fail to surprise

15 Oct 2013, By

Today we see another report from business telling us what a burden all these rules and regulations from Europe are and how they need to be swept away. This time it’s from the Government’s Business Taskforce which is a group of six bosses from companies like Marks and Spencer and Diagio. The report is exactly…

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no more blacklisting


11 Oct 2013, By

Yesterday’s announcement by eight major construction companies that they would develop a scheme to compensate those workers who were blacklisted by the industry is a welcome step forward, as is the apology for their involvement. Workers on the blacklist were denied work, often for merely raising legitimate concerns about health and safety on building sites.…

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23 Sep 2013, By

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…

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20 Sep 2013, By

We are seeing a growing trend towards employers trying to make workers more able to withstand stress rather than making workplaces more healthy. This new approach is called “resilience” and it is fast becoming a buzz-word among managers. Consultants are promoting packages aimed at improving our resilience. Even professional bodies like CIPD which represents personnel…

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08 Sep 2013, By

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…

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Union blacklisting campaign sees success.

04 Sep 2013, By

It is great news that an electrician, who was sacked after raising health and safety concerns, has been reinstated following claims of blacklisting at the Crossrail project. Frank Morris was dismissed last September and said he was convinced he lost his job because of trade union activity and whistleblowing. His dismissal took place soon after…

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Hazards at Work Goes Digital

03 Sep 2013, By

The best-selling TUC book Hazards at Work is now available as a digital book at £11.99. The downloads work on PCs; Macs, iPads, iPhones; iPod Touch; Android phones; and tablets (and of course Kindles and other readers). There are a range of stores depending on the type of product you intend to read it on.…

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