Blacklisting Condemned by Cheshire East Council
At the Cheshire East Council Cabinet meeting 1 July 2014, passed a resolution condemning blacklisting of workers.
Cheshire East Council deplores the practice of blacklisting carried out by some building and construction companies, which have denied employment to workers who were carrying out legitimate trade union activities such as health & safety representatives. In noting the Prime Minister's comment that blacklisting is 'a completely unacceptable practice, and the previous government were right to bring in legislation to make it unlawful', Council resolves to make clear to all construction companies bidding for Council contracts that any unlawful blacklisting of workers will not be tolerated.
The motion was originally proposed by Cllr Roy Cartlidge and seconded by Cllr Sam Corcoran.
Speaking at the meeting Sam Corcoran, Labour Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, said, “Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 the Information Commissioners Office seized a Consulting Association database of over three thousand construction workers and environmental activists used by 44 companies to vet new recruits and keep out of employment trade union and health and safety activists.
Many of those people still don’t know that they were on a blacklist.
Blacklisting can only survive in secrecy and so it is important for this motion to be passed today to publicise the problem and thereby end it.”
Speaking after the meeting Cllr Corcoran added, “In October 2013 eight blacklisting companies (Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and VINCI PLC) announced that they were setting up The Construction Workers Compensation Scheme (TCWCS) to compensate the victims they blacklisted. However, compensation talks have broken down over the small amounts of proposed compensation and still not a single penny has been paid. The next High Court hearing is on 10th July.”