Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, has renewed its call for a full public inquiry into the blacklisting scandal, following new evidence that demonstrates that the police and security services were involved in the blacklisting of workers on an ‘industrial scale’.

As part of the public inquiry into undercover policing the Creedon Report into Operation Reuben was released to the Blacklist Support Group, which has core participant status in that inquiry.

Industrial scale collusion

The Creedon Report reveals:

Police, including special branches and the security services supplied information to the blacklist funded by the country's major construction firms, The Consulting Association"  
"Special branches throughout the UK had direct contact with the Economic League"
The Metropolitan Police Special Branch Industrial Unit spied on union members "from teaching to the docks, attending conferences, and protests personally, and also developing well placed confidential contacts"
Undercover police officer Mark Jenner, who infiltrated the construction union Ucatt gathered intelligence on "over 300 individuals"  
Police sharing information with big business and other bodies about prospective employees continues to this day through the Industrial Liaison Section within the National Domestic Extremism Unit.

 Full public inquiry

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “The latest revelations underline why it is imperative there is a full public inquiry into the blacklisting scandal.

“Ten years after the blacklisting scandal was first revealed new information is still being unearthed, these documents expose that the police were working hand in glove with the blacklisters for decades.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that we will not get full transparency about the scandal until there is a public inquiry. The government’s refusal to order an inquiry is becoming increasingly untenable.”

Northing short of criminal

Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “The blacklisting of construction workers by the police is nothing short of criminal.

“The latest revelations demonstrate that this was not a one off, or the actions of a rogue individual, but there was collusion between the blacklisters and the police on an industrial scale for decades.

“Workers and trade unionists will be alarmed at these revelations and there needs to be strict legal measures introduced to ensure that police collusion into blacklisting can never reoccur.”

Last month Unite revealed that it is closing in to bring the architects behind the blacklisting of construction workers into court.


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: [email protected]

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.