Posts Tagged ‘Blacklisting’

Blacklisted – the secret war against trade unionists

by Andy Newman.

The new book Blacklisted by victimized trade unionist, Dave Smith, and investigative journalist, Phil Chamberlain, is an extraordinary achievement, both documenting in detail the sordid conspiracy by powerful corporations to deny ordinary working people the ability to earn a living; but also in giving those victims a voice: telling their own stories. The tales of skilled […]

How far did blacklisting extend outside construction?

by Michael Meacher.

It was originally assumed that blacklisting was a secret tool used by construction companies – Balfour Beatty, Costain, McAlpine, Skanska, Carillion, Kier and over 30 others – to keep out people they didn’t want. To achieve this the euphemistically named Consulting Association over 16 years (1993-2009) complied a database on thousands of construction workers who […]

A trade union agenda for Labour

by John McDonnell.

It’s no mystery why all the economic indicators point to the economy emerging from the recession and yet wages are continuing to fall behind inflation. The post-recession economy that is being created is based upon reinforcing the distribution of power between capital and labour that has been imposed upon our society since the 1980s. Thatcher’s […]

The blacklisting scandal may turn out even worse than the phone-hacking scandal

by Michael Meacher.

The revelation from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) that a Scotland Yard inquiry into police collusion has found that it is “likely that all special branches were involved in providing information” that deprived workers of employment is dynamite. It is known that over 3,200 workers during the period 1993-2009 were blacklisted by up to […]

Blacklist beaten – Frank Morris reinstated on Crossrail

by John Millington.

Blacklisted UNITE union shop steward Frank Morris is returning to work on the Crossrail project on 9 September. This is a massive victory, not just for UNITE but the whole of the trade union movement. Frank Morris came to symbolise the struggle the unions are waging against the illegal blacklist of their members by major […]

When will Labour stand up against these assaults on workers’ rights?

by Michael Meacher.

The finding that more than a million British workers (not 200,000 as earlier claimed) are employed on zero-hour contracts tells you half of what you need to know about market fundamentalism in Britain today. The other half is that there are now 2,436 bankers in the City of London taking home more than €1 million […]

Pressure mounts on Cable to organise Levenson-style inquiry into blacklisting

by John Millington.

Business Secretary Vince Cable faced mounting pressure from unions and politicians to investigate whether blacklisting is an ongoing practice in workplaces across Britain this week. The Scottish Affairs select committee last Friday requested he undertake a “thorough investigation” into the illegal practice. Blacklisting was thought by many to be a thing of the past. However evidence submitted […]

Chris Tymkow: “Blacklist”

by Andy Newman.

Very moving folk song by Chris Tymkow about the illegal blacklisting of union members in the construction industry. Video shows the campaign led by the Blacklist Support Group, UNITE, GMB and UCATT against the human rights conspiracy organised by the 44 largest multi-national construction firms in the UK. The blacklisting scandal has been exposed in […]

Guardian Sustainable Business Awards honouring blacklist company

by Andy Newman.

Readers who have been following the saga of the saga of the GMB’s industrial campaign against Carillion at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital will know that the company failed to act for years while supervisors shook down staff for gold and cash in exchange for their employment rights.

Unite declares war on Blacklisting

by Newsdesk.

Excellent documentary video about Unite’s campaign against blacklisting on the Crosssrail construction where it is pursuing the claim that workers have been victimised for raising safety issues.

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