Construction workers to rally against blacklisting

Construction workers to rally against blacklisting

08 March 2013

WHEN: 10:30am, Saturday, 9 March 2013
WHERE: The ‘No Public Contracts for Blacklisters’ march and rally will gather at Meadowside (opposite the High School of Dundee), Dundee, DD1.

Construction workers will rally in Dundee tomorrow (Saturday, 9 March) to demand that blacklisting companies be banned from tendering for future public contracts and for the Scottish government to launch an independent inquiry into blacklisting across Scotland.

Anger among workers in the Scottish construction sector has intensified in recent months as the extent of the blacklisting scandal has further unravelled, with Scottish government ministers recently admitting firms involved in the Forth Road Bridge consortium were identified by the Information Commissioner Office (ICO) as subscribing to the Consulting Association (the organisation used by construction companies to compile lists of active trade unionists).

The insidious practice of discrimination by major organisations in the construction sector, left unchecked for decades, has ruined lives and families across the country, with trade union members finding themselves blacklisted for raising concerns over industry standards such as health and safety.

Unite regional industrial officer Rab Sherry, who himself was blacklisted, said:

“We’re only beginning to scratch the surface of what is nothing short of a national scandal and tomorrow’s rally represents a step-up of activity in our pursuit for justice and legislative change.

“It’s not just a matter for Westminster to address; the Scottish government must start tightening its procurement policies to prevent known blacklisting companies from tendering and profiteering from future public contracts. They can also set-up an independent inquiry - as Neil Findlay MSP has called for - into the extent of the blacklisting scandal in addition to publishing the information we know it already holds on the issue. Nothing less will suffice.

“Unite is laying down the gauntlet to the Scottish government on blacklisting: Which side are you on? If the political will is there they can work with this campaign to tackle the scourge of blacklisting and help bring to an end this insidious practice.”


For further information please contact Rab Sherry on 07904 057405 or Peter Welsh in the Unite Scotland Campaigns & Communications Unit on 07810 157931.

Notes to editors: Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.