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454 Workers Blacklisted in London

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Areas in London where 454 blacklisted workers either lived or worked revealed as GMB steps up campaign for justice and compensation.

People have been deprived of an honest living through these illegal tactics which has blighted their families’ lives and not a single company has yet been punished nor have any of them paid compensation says GMB.

GMB, the union for construction workers, has revealed the areas in London where it is known that at least 454 workers on the construction industry blacklist either lived or worked. The 144 areas/post code districts on the list in Greater London are set out in the table below. Less than 10% of them know they are on the list and none have been compensated.

The blacklist first came to light when in 2009, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) seized a Consulting Association database of 3,213 construction workers which was used by 44 companies to vet new recruits and keep out of employment trade union and health and safety activists. The ICO never contacted anyone on the list to let them know they were blacklisted.

By autumn 2012 only 194 of the 3,213 people on the blacklist knew three years later that they were on the list as these had contacted the ICO directly. The list shows where 2,554 lived or worked. For 659, or 20%, no proper addresses are given. The ICO using National Insurance details could, with help of DWP, find current addresses for most of 3,213 but they have not done so.

After GMB representation ICO finally agreed to supply names, date of birth, trade and town to enable a check against our own membership records to find our members on the blacklist. GMB found nearly 200 exact matches and the union is working with these members to get their files from ICO. Leigh Day is preparing litigation to get them compensation at no cost to these members.

GMB now publish the table below, based on the locations in the region supplied by ICO to the union, to prompt more responses. Leigh Day is prepared to assist others who may come forward who may be on the list. Some entries show the area, others the post code and some say London where an area is not shown.

Construction workers from these areas who were trade union and health and safety activists and were denied work for reasons they could not explain are asked to get in touch so that GMB can cross check the records for them. See details of how to contact GMB below.

Numbers blacklisted by area in Greater London

Town Area Number of Blacklisted workers
Greater London  - total   454
     
Abbeywood Greenwich 1
Addiscombe Croydon 1
Barking Barking & Dagenham 4
Barnet Barnet 1
Battersea Wandsworth 1
Beckenham Bromley 2
Beckingham Bromley 1
Brentford Hounslow 2
Brixton Lambeth 1
Bromley Bromley 3
Camberwell Southwark 2
Chadwell Heath Redbridge 4
Charlton Greenwich 1
Clapham Lambeth 2
Cricklewood Barnet 1
Croydon Croydon 7
Dagenham Barking & Dagenham 19
Enfield   1
Fulham Hammersmith & Fulham 1
Greenford Ealing 1
Greenwich   1
Hanwell Ealing 1
Harrow   5
Hayes Bromley 3
Hillingdon   1
Hornchurch Havering 5
Hounslow   2
Ilford Redbridge 4
Islington   2
Kentish Town Camden 1
Kingston   7
London unspecified   92
London E1 Tower Hamlets 3
London E10 Waltham Forest 2
London E11 Waltham Forest 2
London E12 Newham 1
London E13 Newham 4
London E14 Tower Hamlets 2
London E15 Newham 4
London E17 Waltham Forest 4
London E3 Tower Hamlets 1
London E4 Waltham Forest 2
London E5 Hackney 3
London E6 Newham 5
London E7 Newham 5
London E8 Hackney 1
London N1 Camden 6
London N10 Haringey 2
London N13 Enfield 1
London N15 Hackney 3
London N16 Hackney 2
London N17 Haringey 3
London N20 Barnet 1
London N4 Haringey 3
London N5 Islington 1
London N9 Enfield 1
London NW1 Camden 3
London NW10 Brent 11
London NW2 Barnet 1
London NW3 Camden 1
London NW5 Camden 2
London NW6 Camden 1
London NW7 Barnet 1
London NW8 Camden 1
London SE1 Southwark 8
London SE10 Greenwich 1
London SE11 Lambeth 1
London SE12 Lewisham 1
London SE14 Lewisham 1
London SE15 Southwark 4
London SE16 Southwark 5
London SE17 Southwark 3
London SE18 Greenwich 5
London SE19 Croydon 5
London SE2 Greenwich 4
London SE20 Bromley 3
London SE22 Southwark 8
London SE23 Lewisham 1
London SE24 Lambeth 2
London SE26 Bromley 5
London SE27 Lambeth 3
London SE3 Greenwich 2
London SE4 Lewisham 1
London SE5 Lambeth 1
London SE6 Lewisham 1
London SE8 Lewisham 1
London SE9 Greenwich 1
London SW London 2
London SW1 Westminster 2
London SW11 Wandsworth 7
London SW12 Wandsworth 2
London SW15 Wandsworth 3
London SW16 Lambeth 4
London SW16 Lambeth 1
London SW17 Wandsworth 1
London SW18 Wandsworth 1
London SW19 Merton 1
London SW2 Lambeth 2
London SW20 Merton 1
London SW4 Lambeth 1
London SW5 Kensington & Chelsea 1
London SW6 Hammersmith & Fulham 3
London SW8 Lambeth 1
London SW9 Lambeth 1
London SW9 9 Lambeth 2
London W10 Kensington & Chelsea 2
London W11 Kensington & Chelsea 2
London W12 Hammersmith & Fulham 4
London W2 Westminster 3
London W3 Ealing 7
London W4 Hounslow 1
London W5 Ealing 1
London W6 Hammersmith & Fulham 2
London W7 Ealing 3
London WC1 Camden 3
Middlesex London 10
Mitcham Merton 2
North Cheam Sutton 1
North London London 2
Northolt Ealing 1
Orpington Bromley 2
Rainham Havering 1
Richmond   5
Romford Havering 7
Rotherhithe Southwark 1
Ruislip Hillingdon 2
Sidcup Bexley 1
South Croydon Croydon 1
South Harrow Harrow 1
Southall Ealing 5
Thornton Heath Croydon 1
Tolworth Kingston 1
Tooting Wandsworth 1
Tower Hamlets   1
Twickenham Richmond 1
Upminster Havering 2
Upper Norwood Croydon 1
Wealdstone Harrow 1
Welling Bexley 2
Wembley Brent 2
West Drayton Hillingdon 1
West Wickham Bromley 2
Wimbledon   1
Woodford Redbridge 1

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said "People have been deprived of an honest living through these illegal tactics which has blighted their families’ lives. They have been the victims of injustice over many years by multi- national companies- now seeking to live off public sector contracts. Not a single company has yet been punished nor have any of them paid compensation.

GMB priority now is to step up the campaign to get each and every GMB members blacklisted proper compensation.

GMB is also still pushing ICO for a proactive action to inform all construction workers on the list that they are on the blacklist.

Blacklisting was not something isolated or rare. A GMB report estimated, that in one quarter, that Carillion for example checked 2,776 names with the Consulting Association and in the period from October 1999 to April 2004 it estimates that Carillion checked at least 14,724 names.

We are asking construction workers who worked for a Carillion company like Crown House, Schal International, SkyBlue Employment Agency, Tarmac, John Mowlem or Carillion itself or any of the other 44 companies to contact us.

GMB is also calling on local councils not to award any new public work to the companies that operated the blacklist till they compensate those they damaged."

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Contacts: GMB press office at 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823 or 020 7391 6755/56.

Notes to Editors

Help GMB identify more names on the blacklist call Phil Read at GMB on 01603 742 877 or 07840 897997 or email him p.read20@ntlworld.com. Call Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or email him at justin.bowden@gmb.org.uk if you can help your local council put pressure on to get compensation.

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