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Blacklisting in High Court

Friday, February 13, 2015

GMB Hearing In High Court In London On 13th February To Secure Compensation For Blacklisted Workers

After years of litigation blacklisted workers will finally get their first hearing in front of a High Court Judge the Honourable Mr Justice Supperstone says GMB lawyer.

On Friday 13th February law firm Leigh Day get a first hearing in front of the Honourable Mr Justice Supperstone in the High Court in London seeking compensation for 122 GMB members blacklisted by Carillion and other construction employers.

 The claims were served on 27th November 2013. GMB’s claims were joined with a further 449 claims by other unions and parties at a High Court Hearing in July 2014. There was a further directions hearing on 17th December 2014.

Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 the ICO seized a Consulting Association database of 3,213 construction workers and environmental activists used by 44 companies to vet new recruits and keep out of employment trade union and health and safety activists.

Talks between GMB and construction employers (Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and VINCI PLC) on a compensation scheme for 3,213 blacklisted workers broke down in June 2014 over the amount of money being put into the scheme by the employers. Employers have unilaterally launched a cut price scheme GMB estimates will cost less than 2% of the combined profits of the eight construction firms.

So far 1,724 out of the 3,213 on the list know they are on blacklist. 467 were identified by themselves on by their unions. 571 cases are covered by claims in the High Court. ICO contacted direct a further 1,257 and of these 776 has now been sent a copy of their files.  That leaves 1,489 still to trace. See notes to editors for details of where those blacklisted come from.

The first leg of a national “Crocodile Tears” Tour begun last year to shame 63 construction industry managers named as blacklisters who have yet to come clean and apologise for their actions. The tour targeting named blacklisters saw a person in a crocodile suit accompanied by union members with flags and banners and slogans “Nuremberg defence on blacklisting won’t wash” and “Blacklisters come clean”. The dates in the second leg of the tour will be announced shortly. See notes to editors for the full list if these managers and where they worked.

Maria Ludkin, National Officer for Legal and Corporate Affairs, said “At last this matter has now been assigned to the judge who will hear the case of 571 blacklisted workers. After so many delays, we welcome the opportunity to get to full disclosure of the defendants documents and progress to final hearing.”

Michael Newman, solicitor for Leigh Day, said “After years of litigation, blacklisted workers will finally get their first hearing in front of a High Court Judge, the Honourable Mr Justice Supperstone.

Justice delayed is justice denied, and we hope the companies will no longer resist the selection of test cases and the inevitable progress towards a trial. The companies have provided some limited documents about their secret blacklisting operation, but getting full disclosure will be another important milestone in this case.”

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Contact: Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or Maria Ludkin 07956 632 657 or GMB press office at 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

For information on High Court action contact Leigh Day: David Standard 07540 332717 or Michael Newman 0795 223 9358 or Chris Benson on 07795425649.

For people to identify more names on the blacklist call please call Phil Read at GMB on  07840 897997 or email him blacklisted@gmb.org.uk

Contact Dave Smith 07882 579 452 re Blacklist Support Group

Notes to Editors

1 Managers named as blacklisters- to be part of Crocodile Tears Tour 2014/15. (Most initial are from the files of those blacklisted.)

·          Michael Aird (MA) - Balfour Kilpatrick - Glasgow

·          Kathy Almansoor (KA) - Kier Group – Sandy, Bedfordshire

·          Dave Aspinall (DA) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton

·          Alan Audley (AA) – Vinci - Watford

·          John Ball (JB) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton

·          Ron Barron (RB) - CB & I – Tonbridge, Kent

·          Valerie Bennison (VB) – Whessoe - Darlington

·          Ernie Boswell (EB) - Kier Group – Sandy, Bedfordshire

·          Richard Bull (RB) - HBG Construction (BAM) – Colindale, London

·          Iain Coates (IC) – Emcor – Kew Bridge, Twickenham

·          David Cochrane (DC) - Sir Robert McAlpine – Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

·          Ann Cowrie (AC) - Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering - Edinburgh

·          Tony Crowther – AMEC – Knutsford, Cheshire

·          John Dangerfield (JD) - Balfour Beatty Scottish & Southern - Basingstoke, Hampshire

·          Lynn Day (LD) - Cleveland Bridge UK – Darlington

·          John Dickinson (JD) – Skanska – Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

·          Frank Duggan (FD) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton

·          John Edwards (JE) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton

·          Kevin Gorman (KG) - Carillion / Crown House - Solihull

·          Elaine Gallagher (EG) - Balfour Kilpatrick - Glasgow

·          Gerry Harvey (GH) - Balfour Kilpatrick - Glasgow

·          Roy Hay (RH) – Tarmac - Solihull

·          David Hillman - Sir Robert McAlpine – Birmingham

·          Keith Horner (KH) - Ballast Wiltshire

·          Dianne Hughes (DH) – Tarmac / Crown House  - Solihull

·          Geoff Hughes (GH) – Costain – Maidenhead, Berkshire

·          Greg Ingleton (GI) – Emcor – Kew Bridge, Twickenham

·          Prue Jackson (PJ) - Haden Young - Watford

·          Vince James (VJ) - Balfour Beatty Scottish & Southern – Basingstoke, Hampshire

·          Armar Johnston (AJ) - Balfour Kilpatrick – Livingstone

·          Liz Keates (LK) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton

·          Sheila Knight (SK) – Emcor – Kew Bridge, Twickenham

·          Ian Leake (IL) - Taylor Woodrow, Watford

·          Tim Llewellyn (TL) - Walter Llewellyn & Sons Ltd, Eastbourne, East Sussex

·          Alf Lucas (AL) – Mowlem

·          Bridget May (BM) – Nuttall – Camberley, Surrey

·          Cullum McAlpine - Sir Robert McAlpine – Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

·          Paul McCreath (PM) - HBG Construction (BAM) – Colindale, London

·          Steve McGuire (SM) - Morgan Est plc – Warrington

·          John Morrison (JM) - Morrison Construction - Edinburgh

·          Arnold Nestler (AN) - AMEC – Knutsford, Cheshire

·          Lisa O’Mahoney (LOM) - Laing O’Rourke – Dartford, Kent

·          Danny O’Sullivan (DOS) - Kier Group – Sandy, Bedfordshire

·          Sandy Palmer (SP) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton

·          Harry Pooley (HP) - Rosser & Russell - Watford

·          Derek Price – Morgan Ashurst – Stratford upon Avon

·          Stephen Quant (SQ) – Skanska – Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

·          Paul Raby (PR) - Balfour Kilpatrick - Glasgow

·          Murray Reid (MR) - NG Bailey – Ilkley, West Yorkshire

·          Roger Robinson (RR) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton

·          Sylvia Smith (SS) - Laing O’Rourke – Dartford, Kent

·          Trevor Spice (TS) – Costain – Maidenhead, Berkshire

·          Lisa Stevenson (LS) - Shepherd Engineering Services - York

·          John Stoddart (JS) - SIAS Building Services - Keighley

·          Alan Swift – Crown House Technologies - Manchester

·          Pat Swift (PS) - BAM Nuttall - Guildford

·          Alan Thorniley (AT) – Vinci - Watford

·          Brian Tock (BT) - Carillion / Crown House - Solihull

·          Ken Ward (KW) – Costain – Maidenhead, Berkshire

·          Trevor Watchman (TW) - Balfour Beatty Major Projects – Redhill, Surrey

·          Steve Wigmore – Crown House Technologies - Solihull

·          Allison Wilkins – Skanska – Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

·          Carolyn Williams (CW) - Haden Young - Watford

2 Where blacklisted workers came from.

Blacklisted workers – number in each area

 

 

 

 

Location

Number on the

blacklist

 

Location

Number on the

blacklist

 

 

Aberdeen City

14

 

Kent

95

Aberdeenshire

54

 

Kingston upon Hull

62

Anglesey

3

 

Lancashire

60

Angus

5

 

Leeds

53

Argyll & Bute

7

 

Leicestershire

5

Bath and North East Somerset

1

 

Lincolnshire

13

Bedfordshire

4

 

Manchester

183

Berkshire

2

 

Merseyside

173

Birmingham

69

 

Midlothian

3

Bristol

25

 

Monmouthshire

9

Buckinghamshire

20

 

Norfolk

7

Cambridgeshire

12

 

North Ayrshire

67

Cardiff

10

 

North Lanarkshire

22

Ceredigion

9

 

North Yorkshire

12

Cheshire

64

 

Northamptonshire

14

City of London

454

 

Northern Ireland

1

Clackmannanshire

3

 

Northumberland

7

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

3

 

Nottinghamshire

12

Cumbria

27

 

Orkney Islands

1

Denbighshire

34

 

Oxfordshire

8

Derbyshire

16

 

Perth & Kinross

2

Devon

19

 

Powys

2

Dorset

8

 

Redcar and Cleveland

43

Dumfries & Galloway

6

 

Renfrewshire

15

Dundee City

21

 

Rhondda Cynon Taf

2

Durham

11

 

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

3

East Ayrshire

18

 

Rotherham

56

East Lothian

1

 

Shropshire

2

East Riding of Yorkshire

16

 

Somerset

5

East Sussex

8

 

South Lanarkshire

16

Edinburgh, City of

52

 

Southern Ireland

1

Essex

57

 

Staffordshire

16

Falkirk

35

 

Stirling

7

Fife

24

 

Suffolk

9

Glasgow City

140

 

Surrey

32

Gloucestershire

32

 

Swansea

15

Gwynedd

12

 

Tyne & Wear

69

Hampshire

50

 

Warwickshire

1

Hereford & Worcester

3

 

West Dunbartonshire

8

Hertfordshire

14

 

West Lothian

12

Highland

15

 

West Sussex

11

Inverclyde

26

 

Wiltshire

5

Isle of Wight

1

 

Wokingham

10

 

 

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