Unite, Britain's biggest union, will protest and petition shoppers in Cardiff and Newcastle tomorrow (11 May) to gather public support to stop local authorities using construction companies that blacklist workers (see notes to editors).
Unite is calling on local authorities to desist from using the services of companies proven to have blacklisted workers and in particular those companies, such as Royal Bam and Kier which appear to be continuing to abuse the basic human rights of ordinary working people.
The union will be leafleting, demonstrating and collecting signatures from the public as part of the campaign to end public contracts for blacklisters.
- Kier Services Ltd is currently bidding for a £200 million (energy efficiency) contract 'Warm Up North' with Newcastle city council. A further 11 across the north east have the potential to join the project including Durham, North Tyneside and Darlington councils
- Durham city council currently has a contract running with Kier through East Durham 'Decent Homes' programme worth £8 million
- North Tyneside council currently has a 10 year project running with Kier that was awarded in 2009 to undertake all construction work for the council. The potential value is a massive £600 million.
- Kier has been awarded public contracts by Cardiff council including the ongoing refurbishment and partial demolition of Whitchurch primary school.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "Our message is clear and simple, no public contracts for companies that blacklist workers.
"Unite has meaningful evidence that Bam and Kier are continuing to victimise workers for trade union activity on Crossrail, Europe’s biggest construction project.
“Taxpayers' money should not end up in the hands of companies that abuse basic human rights. That's why Unite will be demonstrating across the country over the coming weeks to urge local authorities to end public contracts for blacklisters."
Contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315
Notes to editors:
Newcastle: Demonstration and petition collection in Newcastle City Centre from 09:00-12:00. At Eldon Square shopping centre at the main entrance, Percy Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Contact Maggie Hazelhurst on 07768 051 324
Cardiff: St David's Shopping Centre, Cardiff from 11:00-14:00 within 50 metres of the Aneurin Bevan Statue. Contact Chris Stiles on 07900160911
- 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.