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Vince Cable takes one step forward on blacklisting

Vince Cable takes one step forward on blacklisting

23 July 2013

Unite, Britain's biggest union, has described business secretary Vince Cable's decision to refer evidence of blacklisting to the information commissioner as one step forward towards justice.

But the union is concerned that the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) does not currently have the sufficient resources to undertake an investigation that is delivered in a timely fashion.

The Scottish Affairs committee wrote to Vince Cable last week to ask his government department to undertake an investigation into blacklisting. The committee believes that there is clear proof that blacklisting over for trade union activities has been going on within the contract for the Crossrail project run by BFK (BAM, Ferrovial and Kier).

Instead of agreeing to an investigation immediately, the business secretary is referring the issue to the ICO. 

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said:"Vince Cable has taken one step forward to shine a light on the murky world of blacklisting. However, we have concerns that the  information commissioner currently lacks the sufficient resources to undertake an investigation that will deliver in a timely fashion.  

"We still believe there must be a full and proper 'Leveson style' inquiry into blacklisting and this is one step forward towards this goal. The injustice of the failure of BFK to reinstate the blacklisted shop steward Frank Morris is proof that this is a live issue which must urgently be addressed."

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Contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315 

Notes to editors:

Unite is Britain and Ireland 's largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.