Balfour Beatty executive accused of perjury

A blacklisted construction worker has accused a top executive of construction giant Balfour Beatty of perjury – and says evidence in his blacklisting file proves it.

Colin Trousdale, a blacklisted electrician and Unite member from Manchester, told a 27 August protest outside Balfour Beatty’s Glasgow HQ that in 2008 he had taken an Employment Tribunal against the firm. He alleged the company’s human resources director, Gerry Harvey (right), had sent a letter to the court asserting “there is no blacklist, we are not blacklisting you, you are paranoid.”

In 2009, after the blacklisting group The Consulting Association was exposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office, the electrician obtained his blacklist file. The Employment Tribunal incident was covering in the file, together with the information supplied by the firm.

Colin Trousdale commented: “Perjury is a crime. Being a union rep is not. We need to see these people in court. We need to see these people in prison.” The website of Balfour Beatty Engineering Services identifies Gerry Harvey as a member of the company’s nine strong ‘executive leadership team.’ The Blacklist Support Group is preparing a submission to the Crown Prosecution Service regarding the alleged perjury.

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  1. Posted 29 August, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    I am a UNITE and UKAPE member, and, a former Labour Councillor in Enfield.
    Why are the TUC, UNITE, UKAPE, and The Labour Party not pursuing this issue publicly and vigorously? They are supposed to be looking after the interests of workers,
    We discussed this issue recently; a suspicion emerged that effective percentages within the Executives of these organisation are probably corrupt and had been bought.
    Please respond and comment.

  2. steve mckenzie
    Posted 29 August, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    These people are the scum of the earth. Who do you apply to and how to see if you are on the blacklist

  3. Jawad
    Posted 29 August, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Steve – The Information Commissioner’s Office has this information:

    “What should I do to find out if I am on the database?
    If you wish to check whether information about you is held on the database you can call our Helpline on 0303 123 1113 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday and choose option 1. Give us your name and a contact telephone number and an ICO case officer will call you straight back. The officer will search the database. If no match is found, we will confirm this straight away.
    If the details you provide are similar to or seem likely to match those of someone on the database, we will ask you to provide us with further identification in writing. Once we have verified your identity and confirmed whether your details match those on the database, we will contact you to confirm if information is held about you and provide you with a copy of it.
    Please wait until you have contacted us by telephone before writing to us. If we need you to write to us we will send you a ‘Request Pack’, detailing all the information you will need to provide.”

  4. paul hyles
    Posted 29 August, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Safety reps are lifesavers and always will be saving companies millions, reducing accidents etc etc.Is there any reps from Scotland on the list.Keep up the fight against dodgy managers , who don’t like to spend money on health and safety.

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