Anti-blacklist demo targets Olympic site

NO TRUCK Anti-blacklist protesters stopped traffic entering the Olympics site, in a protest against the dismissal of whistleblower Frank Morris.

Anti-blacklist protesters caused chaos outside London’s Olympic Park this week when they stopped deliveries getting onto the site for more than an hour.

Traffic ground to a halt in Pudding Mill Lane on 1 March as the demonstrators from the Blacklist Support Group crossed continually a zebra crossing near the site gates. Traffic disruption is a common and very effective union protest tactic in the US, but is new to the UK.

The protesters were supporting an RMT member who was recently removed from the job. Enfield-based electrician Frank Morris was shifted from his job at the prestigious media centre at the Olympic site after blowing the whistle on the use of an illegal blacklist on the construction project.

His dismissal by subcontractor Daletech Services followed weeks of intimidation and threats of violence by members of senior management after he had raised concerns about the dismissal of a co-worker.

The co-worker was dismissed from the Olympic Media Centre being built by Skanska and Carillion after his name appeared on a blacklist of trade union members, many of whom were targeted for their health and safety activities. After Morris raised concerns about this illegal practice, he says he was victimised, bullied and threatened with violence by senior management to the point that he had to call the police for his own protection before finally being dismissed.

RMT is backing his unfair dismissal claim to an industrial tribunal. RMT union official Steve Hedley commented: “In over 25 years representing workers I have never seen such a blatant stitch up, victimisation and even threats of violence to a union activist whose only ‘crime’ was to expose an illegal blacklist operating on the Olympic site.”

Site worker Paul Tattersfield has become the latest worker to win a blacklisting tribunal. It found Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Ltd has refused him employment because he was on The Consulting Association blacklist. The company is known to have been a major support of the covert blacklisting operation.

The tribunal awarded him just under £24,000 including loss of earnings, injury to feelings and aggravated damages.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted 3 March, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    These despicable creatures need to be exposed, along with the bogus self emploment scams in the building industry, employing mainly migrant workers who they cynically exploit paying under the rate and charging them exhorbitant rents in accomodation that have bought up in olympic boroughs so help con everyone that they are employing local labour. A high profile public meeting in Stratford might not be a bad idea

  2. P E kennett
    Posted 3 March, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Best wishes to you all, may the forces of Victory be with you. These blacklists are vile and show the construction industry for the SCUM-BAG THUGS & GANGSTERS THAT THEY ARE. Keep the pressure on. Lets make 26th March count and close london down. Polite middle class gestures will get us nowhere.

  3. KEVIN O FLANAGAN
    Posted 5 March, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    worked on olympic park, for one year,laid of because i was,ent black first job
    second job boss crashed forktruck I reported it balfour beaty told my boss to sack me
    third job MANY MANY NEAR MISSES THREE CRASHES OONE WAS MINE TOLD KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND YOU KEEP YOUR JOB REPORTED WORK COLLEGUE
    DRIVING TELEISCOPIC FORKTRUCK WITHOUT CPCS TICKET WHICH MENT HE SHOULD NOT EVEN BEEN ALOUD SITE WAS SACKED FOR HELPING REPORTING IT NEARLY COMMITED SUICIDE THANK TO MY SON I DID,ENT

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