View Full Version : MPs look for inquiry into illegal blacklists

24-01-2013, 09:24 AM
Demands have been made by MPs for a Leveson-style inquiry into allegations that construction workers were blacklisted for decades in Britain, including charges that Irish workers were illegally barred from ministry of defence projects. Legal action has been taken by hundreds of workers in the London High Court, who allege two organisations, the Economic League up to 1973, and the Consulting Association up to 2009, kept illegal files on them. SOurce (http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2013/0124/1224329226670.html)

WIKI: The Consulting Association was an organisation in the United Kingdom which maintained an illegal blacklist of construction workers who were active trade union members, or were otherwise vocal on matters such as health and safety in their industry. Its customer base consisted of over 40 construction companies who would supply details of existing or former employees deemed to have engaged in trade union or political activity. They could in turn enquire whether TCA had information about prospective employees. Customers would pay an annual 3,000 subscription, and 2.20 for each enquiry. TCA was based in Droitwich and was owned by Ian Kerr. Kerr has failed to deny Guardian newspaper reports in the early nineties that he had been an employee of the Economic League, which had provided a similar blacklisting service until it ceased operation in 1993.

Activists threaten legal action over failure to investigate (http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/08/07-3)

C. Flower
24-01-2013, 10:32 AM
We have another thread here recently started on the Shrewsbury construction workers who were victimised.

Would you mind if the two threads were merged ?

Both are of great interest, but closely related.

24-01-2013, 11:46 AM
Yep fire ahead :)