Author Archives: Rory

‘Guilty as sin’ site firms try to buy silence

Victims of a construction industry blacklist which targeted union safety activists have been awarded up to £200,000 compensation for having their working lives blighted. The Mirror reports that so far 71 former bricklayers and carpenters have received “full and final settlements” worth £5.6m from major construction companies. Payouts averaged £80,000 each, but some were as […]
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Site firms ordered to release blacklisting information

A High Court judge has ordered 30 construction firms, including Sir Robert McAlpine and Balfour Beatty, to disclose all emails and correspondence linked to blacklisting of union reps and safety activists. The ruling came at the end of a two-day hearing last week where it emerged that documents had been destroyed relating to firms’ involvement […]
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Carillion apologises for blacklisting – then chases blacklisted worker for legal costs

Troubled construction giant Carillion has been branded a hypocrite after claiming thousands of pounds of legal costs from a blacklisted worker only days after issuing an unreserved apology in the High Court. Carillion is one of the eight multinational building contractors that this month issued “a full and unreserved apology” for their role in blacklisting […]
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Blacklisted workers apply for ‘core participant’ status in government-ordered undercover policing inquiry

The Blacklist Support Group (BSG) is applying to the Home Office for ‘core participant’ status in the Pitchford public inquiry into failures in undercover policing set up by Teresa May.  This follows claims in the book ‘Blacklisted’ by Dave Smith and Phil Chamberlain, that undercover police officers spied on trade union activists from the construction industry and intelligence gathered was passed onto […]
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High Court hears blacklist firms destroyed evidence

There was stunned silence followed by audible gasps in the High Court when a barrister read out documentary evidence indicating that major  firms had deliberately set out to destroy evidence of their complicity in a blacklisting conspiracy. In a case that returned to the courts in May 2015, unions UNITE, UCATT and GMB and the […]
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Environmental activists targeted by illegal blacklister support blacklisted workers in High Court battle

Environmental activists who were on a construction industry blacklist have spoken out in support of a High Court case against the companies involved. On 14 May 2015, the blacklisting group litigation – equivalent to a US style class-action – returns to the High Court with 500 blacklisted workers taking on over 40 of the UK’s largest […]
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Covert police unit spied on union members

An undercover police unit that monitored political groups over a 40 year period gathered intelligence on members of at least five trade unions, a whistleblower has revealed. Former undercover police officer Peter Francis said he spent four years spying on political activists. A statement from Francis was delivered to a packed 12 March meeting in […]
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Blacklisted – the book

A new book, ‘Blacklisted: the secret war between big business and trade union activists’, delivers a searing indictment of the collusion between the state and the construction industry that saw thousands blacklisted. Authors Dave Smith – a founder-member of the Blacklist Support Group – and investigative journalist Phil Chamberlain reveal how objecting to deadly working […]
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Blundering CIPD official in the firing line

A top official of the professional body for human resources managers has found himself in the firing line after telling a conference that blacklisting of trade unionists is a “big fuss about very little.” Mike Emmott, a top employee relations adviser with the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), was a keynote speaker at […]
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Anger as Met Police ‘neither confirm nor deny’ blacklisting role after abetting blacklisters

Campaigners against the construction industry blacklist have reacted with anger after the Metropolitan Police (MPS) refused to ‘neither confirm nor deny’ (NCND) whether the Blacklist Support Group has been the subject of surveillance by undercover police units including Special Branch. The statement from the MPS came in a 9 October 2014 written response to a […]
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