Who needs a blacklist blog?

OrganiseWhen the Information Commissioner discovered a Droitwich company held a blacklist on over 3,000 construction workers, it acted promptly.

The Consulting Association was shut down, key figure Ian Kerr was prosecuted and fined £5,000, workers who believed they had been blacklisted could apply to receive their files and the government promised a new law.

 Two other things soon became apparent, though. The major construction firms that bankrolled the covert blacklisting operation on trade unionists would escape prosecution. And The Consulting Association had been operating in one guise or another for decades before Kerr faced the courts.

Hazards magazine’s ‘blacklist blog’ is tracking developments on the story – it’s a health and safety story because union health and safety activity or even concern appears to be a fast track to blacklisting, with union safety rep credentials a regular feature in blacklist dossiers.

 Hazards is also concerned that other seemingly legitimate outfits – management consultants and law firms, for example – may be providing blacklisting advice as part of “union avoidance” services. And it believes that while the emphasis has been on victimisation of trade unionists in the construction sector, blacklisting is almost certainly prevalent in other sectors.

The blacklist blog tracks legal and campaign developments – so you can see what his happening and see why it is crucial to make a stand.

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  1. gavin troughton
    Posted 8 August, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Once blacklisters understand the damage they have done to innocent people, they will wish to redeem themselves by revealing all who they have blacklisted unjustly.
    Those blacklisted should then be entitled to receive details of what has happened from those who are responsible for countering the illegal activity. Placing an onus upon the wronged to discover what has happened , when the calling cards of the blacklisting activists are not recognised by those bureaucrats whose support is necessary to effectively counter the activity, is like asking the person who has been robbed in the night to identify the robber to his accomplices.

  2. Posted 10 August, 2009 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    From Roland Sheppard.
    Retired Business Representative Painters District Council # 8 San Francisco

    I got blacklisted in the 70s and in the 90s and again after I led a successful strike against the employers and the union officials in ‘partnership’ with the painting contractors. From July 2003 to July 2004, I worked a total of 300 hours, even though I was looking for work starting a 6AM every weekday morning. The only way I could beat the balcklist was to get elected. And then I fully understood the expression that “payback is better then a bitch” — a payback is better than sex, it lasts forever.

    Roland Sheppard.
    Visit my web site at: http://web.mac. com/rolandgarret

  3. HK
    Posted 12 August, 2009 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi – we are trying to create a blacklisting blacklist. A list of those involved in blacklisting. Any details useful, for current info: Now or Never/Campaigns/Blacklists

  4. Jawad
    Posted 14 August, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Hazards magazine lists the companies that used The Consulting Association in the newly published article All fired up

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