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Unite calls on MSPs to help tackle blacklisting misery

Unite calls on MSPs to help tackle blacklisting misery

10 June 2013

Unite will tell MSPs tomorrow (Tuesday 11th June) that Scotland needs measures to help tackle the on-going blacklisting of construction workers across the UK and to prevent known blacklisting firms from raking billions in profit from future Scottish public procurement contracts.

Unite’s evidence submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee will show that three construction giants, BAM, Kier & Ferrovial (BFK Consortium), are actively blacklisting on the London Crossrail project after the sacking of 28 workers for raising basic health and safety concerns in September 2012.

At the same time, the blacklisting BFK consortium firms individually hold a significant portfolio of Scottish public procurement contracts, including:

•    BAM’s  £220 million Borders Rail Link development;
•    Kier’s share of the £400 million South West Hub Initiative; and
•    Ferrovial’s eye-watering £1.2 billion school building programme in Glasgow City Council (via their subsidiary Amey).

BFK consortium firms are also actively tendering and have been shortlisted for some of Scotland’s most lucrative future public contracts such as the £660 million Framework 2 Health Project and the £500 million Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).

Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said, “The scandalous sacking of 28 trade unionists on the London Crossrail project shows the insidious practice of blacklisting did not disappear with the findings of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in 2009 – it’s thriving today through companies like the BFK consortium.  

Of equal outrage is the billions of pounds blacklisting firms are raking in from the Scottish public purse and the extent of their influence in the delivery of vital public infrastructure projects and services.  Yet disgracefully not one blacklisted worker has been compensated for their misery or even received an apology.

That’s why Unite is calling on the Scottish government to use its Procurement Reform Bill to ensure blacklisting companies are prevented from tendering for future public contracts and to convene an Independent Public Enquiry that will bare the truth about the misery blacklisting has caused generations of Scottish workers.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty will deliver Unite’s evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee, Tuesday 11th June, Committee Room 2.  The Committee will sit from 9.45AM onwards.

Unite and anti-blacklisting campaigners will also demonstrate against BAM’s shortlisted for Edinburgh Sick Children’s Hospital, NHS Lothian HQ, Waverley Gate 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG, 12:00 – 13:00.

For information on Unite’s evidence submission to the Public Petitions Committee please contact Peter Welsh in Unite Scotland communications on 07810 157931.

For information on the afternoon’s demonstration contact Rozanne Foyer, Unite senior organiser on 07958729181.