Unite and anti-blacklisting campaigners will present construction giant Kier with the ‘Golden Rat’ award for being Scotland’s worst blacklisting company at the prestigious Homes for Scotland Annual Lunch in Edinburgh tomorrow (Friday 17th May).
The award is in recognition of Kier’s key role in the Crossrail consortium BFK (BAM, Ferrovial, Kier). Unite has evidence suggesting that BFK is responsible for the termination of a Crossrail contract where 28 workers were sacked for trade union activity and raising basic health and safety concerns.
All three companies in the consortium were named in the recent Scottish Affairs Committee Interim Report as subscribers to The Consulting Association (TCA) blacklist, which was exposed by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) investigation in 2009.
Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said, “Kier greatly deserves the award of ‘Golden Rat’ for their part in the BFK consortium’s atrocious sacking of 28 workers on the London Crossrail project.
Companies like Kier - a firm that also benefits significantly from Scottish public sector contracts - help ensure that in 21st century Britain hard-working and diligent employees can be dismissed for trade union activism and for raising legitimate health and safety concerns.
Kier can help avoid receiving further unwanted awards in the future if they start working with Unite to re-engage these workers back into employment on the Crossrail project.”
Notes to Editors:
Unite Calling Notice
When: Friday 17th May from 11.30AM
Where: Edinburgh International Conference Centre, EH3 8EE
For all information on the award and the day’s activities, please contact Unite Senior Organiser Rozanne Foyer on 07958729181. All other enquiries please contact Peter Welsh in Unite Scotland Communications on 07810157931.