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Man City football club in blacklisting protest

Man City football club in blacklisting protest

02 May 2013
Unite, together with blacklisted workers, will stage a protest outside Manchester City Football Club (MCFC) to raise awareness that BAM, the construction company redeveloping the club, is involved in blacklisting.

Graham Bowker, a blacklisted worker and MCFC season ticket holder, with be available for interview to explain how his life has been ruined by blacklisting.

BAM is contracted by MCFC to build the £100 million redevelopment of the training ground. Unite is convinced the company has been involved in the blacklisting and victimisation of trade unionists working on Crossrail, Europe's biggest construction project.

BAM Nuttall paid £38,371.85 to the blacklisting organisation the Consulting Association to run checks on workers between 1996 and 2009.

Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey said: “Blacklisting ruins lives and we believe it is continuing today on Crossrail because of contractors like BAM.

“Manchester City fans deserve to know that BAM the company redeveloping the club is a known blacklister. It is ruining the lives of ordinary construction workers. BAM's reputation is at serious risk and its embarrassing its clients. Unite will use every legal means to end this blight and to expose the companies and individuals that indulge in blacklisting.”

ENDS

For more information call Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315 or Alex Flynn on 07976 665 869

Notes to Editors

Unite calling notice   
Where: Manchester City Training Ground, Ethihad campus
When: 0730 - 0930, Friday 3 May

•    Last year 28 electrical workers, including Unite shop steward Frank Morris, were sub-contracted on a Crossrail tunnelling project run by a BAM joint venture (BFK).
•    The managing director of the subcontractor EIS has made a statement claiming that its contract was terminated because of whistle blowing and trade union activity amongst the workforce.
•    BAM Nuttall was a member of an unlawful blacklisting organisation called the Consulting Association that was raided and closed down in 2009.
•    Unite believes that a ‘blacklisting’ culture still exists in BAM Nuttall and is now being used against workers on Crossrail.
•    Bam Nuttall’s key contact in the Consulting association, former Bam director of human resources, Pat Swift, still works for BAM on a contract basis and was seen at a BFK site just   two weeks ago.

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.