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Britain: Jail threat vital to deter union blacklists

Employers and consultants who blacklist trade unionists should face the full weight of the criminal law including the ultimate sanction of imprisonment, according to Thompsons Solicitors which acts for the majority of British unions.
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Britain: Blacklist Support Group events

 Following the formation of the Blacklist Support Group, the following dates may be of interest: * Fri 7 August , 7am Manchester @ Fiddlers Ferry – joining protest in support of Steve Acheson (still blacklisted by Electrical contractors to this day) * Tues 29 Sept, 6.30pm  Brighton @ Labour Party Conference Fringe Meeting with Shrewsbury 24 campaign  * […]
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Britain: Blacklisted workers form action group

An informal support network for building workers blacklisted for their trade union and safety activities has been established following a meeting last week at Westminster. Labour MP John McDonnell hosted the meeting at the House of Commons, at which a decision was made to set up the Blacklist Support Group. A spokesperson for the new […]
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Britain: Moves to outlaw blacklisting by bosses

The government has launched a consultation on new regulations that will make it unlawful for trade union members to be denied employment through secret blacklists. Ministers say they plan to seek parliamentary approval for the regulations in the autumn and to implement them as soon as possible after that. BIS news release and consultation [pdf] […]
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Britain: Skanska promises to stop blacklisting

Site union UCATT has won a commitment from construction multinational Skanska that no form of blacklisting will be tolerated on their sites and that an investigation will be launched into their past conduct. UCATT news release • The Observer • Contract Journal • Risks 408 • 30 May 2009
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Britain: Move to stop blacklisting of union reps

The government intends to introduce new regulations to prevent union members being denied employment by secret blacklists, business secretary Peter Mandelson has said. BIS news release. • Personnel Today • BBC News Online • The Guardian • Risks 406 • 16 May 2009
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Britain: UCATT welcomes blacklisting action

Construction union UCATT has welcomed the government’s commitment to outlaw blacklisting but says it is disappointed that the process will be delayed as a result of a fresh consultation exercise. The Information Commissioner announced in March that over 40 major construction companies were paying a company called the Consulting Association to routinely blacklist workers. UCATT […]
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Britain: Victimised union activist seeks justice

Construction giant Sir Robert McAlpine is facing a compensation claim from a blacklisted bricklayer who believes he was turned down for work by the company. UCATT activist Mick Dooley has lodged his claim with the Employment Tribunal. Contract Journal • People Management • Risks 406 • 16 May 2009
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Britain: Government to review blacklisting

Following revelations that many construction companies have been subscribing to a blacklisting service that includes information on safety representatives in the industry, the government has confirmed that it will urgently review whether to outlaw blacklisting after allegations of its widespread practice in construction. Contract Journal • Risks 404 • 2 May 2009
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Britain: Action threat over employee blacklist

The glittering list of contractors accused of using a ‘construction blacklist’ to vet potential employees are bracing themselves for the legal and political fallout. Unions UCATT and Unite are both seeking legal advice on suing some of the 45 contractors named in the list, while Labour MP Michael Clapham has tabled an Early Day Motion […]
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