Monthly Archives: December 2009

Construction blacklisting campaign goes global

Construction unions from around the world have backed proposals to stamp out blacklisting wherever it occurs. The decision was taken last week by the Building and Wood Workers International (BWI), the global federation of construction unions, at its conference in Lille, France. The union representatives supported overwhelmingly an emergency motion proposed by UK site union […]
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UCATT outrage at blacklisting law flaws

Construction union UCATT fears new regulations designed to outlaw blacklisting contain so many loopholes they will not deter the practice. It says the proposed measures appear “to give the green light to employers to blacklist in certain circumstances.” UCATT had argued the regulations should not just make it illegal to blacklist for “trade union activities” […]
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Blacklisted lawsuit could cost firms millions

Construction companies could be facing a bill of millions of pounds after a law firm revealed it was preparing a class action suit on behalf of blacklisted workers. A report in the trade journal Building says action will be brought against over 40 firms, including Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke, Kier and Costain, who were found […]
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‘Disgraceful’ blacklisting rules slammed

A top employment law expert has said the blacklisting law the government is now seeking to introduce is a “disgrace” and “not worth having.” Professor Keith Ewing of Kings College London, the author of the UCATT commissioned report Ruined Lives: blacklisting in UK construction industry, said: “The government’s response is disgraceful. There has been no consultation. Consultation […]
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Steve Acheson – facebook sensation

A new facebook page in support of victimised Unite rep Steve Acheson is proving a real hit, with hundreds signed up already. You can join the masses at Support Steve Acheson! Sacked and blacklisted electrician.
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Unions welcome blacklisting action, but want more

Unions have welcomed publication of new regulations designed to outlaw the blacklisting of trade unionists. The laws, which need parliamentary approval before taking effect, were announced on 2 December by employment relations minister Lord Young. Alan Ritchie, general secretary of UCATT, said: “Blacklisting is a disgraceful, underhand practice. Until early this year most major construction […]
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Government announces blacklisting plans

It will be unlawful for trade union members to be denied employment through blacklists under plans outlined by employment relations minister Lord Young. He said the new law will ban employers from blacklisting workers for their trade union membership or activities. Commenting on the publication of the government’s response to a public consultation on the […]
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