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Bristol Blacklist Protest

Friday, March 6, 2015

GMB Bristol Protest To Shame David Cochrane And Cullum McAlpine Of Sir Robert McAlpine Named In Parliament As Blacklisters

Managers shedding crocodile tears now for blacklisting of 3,213 workers won't wash, neither will the Nuremberg Defence of "just following superior orders” says GMB.

GMB is holding a protest demonstration in Bristol on Monday 9th March to shame David Cochrane and Cullum McAlpine of Sir Robert Mc Alpine who were named in Parliament, for their part to blacklisting 3,214 construction workers. 25 of these blacklisted workers are from Bristol.

Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 the ICO seized The Consulting Association (TCA) 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.

David Cochrane was Human Resources Director of Sir Robert McAlpine from 2006-2009 and the last Chairman of The Consulting Association 2006-2009. During the closure of TCA his main concern was for Cullum McAlpine’s name to be kept out of any publicity. He was responsible for the fines, legal and closing down costs incurred by TCA. Cullum McAlpine is a Director of Sir Robert McAlpine and Chairman of The Consulting Association 1993-1996. Sir Robert McAlpine paid for The Consulting Association to be set up and paid for the historic blacklist files from the Economic League.

This is the first date in the second leg of a national “Crocodile Tears” protest tour to shame 63 construction industry managers named as blacklisters who have yet to come clean and apologise for their actions. The second leg of the tour visits Bristol, Plymouth, Epsom, Cambridge, Derby and Bridgend. See notes to editors for the list the 63 managers and where they worked.

The details of the protest are as follows:

From 11am Monday 9th March,

Outside Sir Robert McAlpine Bristol office,

100 Park Avenue,

Aztec West,

Bristol BS32 4TT

There will be 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”. They will have a placard reading “Crocodile tears from David Cochrane and Cullum McAlpine linked to blacklisting 3,214 workers won’t wash”.

At Bristol there will be a press briefing by authors of a new book to be published next week on Blacklisting.

This is some of what GMB know of the blacklisting activities of Sir Robert McAlpine and David Cochrane and Cullum McAlpine:.

·    Sir Robert McAlpine is mentioned 150 times in the blacklist files, 90 times with the initials DC (David Cochrane) next to them. In the majority of instances information has been added to the files or they have requested                        information back if a name check has returned positive. Sir Robert McAlpine put 13 people on to the blacklist and refused work to 28 people, 2 of these people were refused employment twice.

·    An electrician from London was put on the blacklist in 1997 by Danny O’Sullivan from Kier because he had worked on the Jubilee Line Extension. Although his file states he was ‘not in the front line of action’ he ‘allowed                himself to be drawn along by the course of events at JLE.’ He applied to work on Sir Robert McAlpine’s Excel Exhibition Building contracts in October 2000, via sub-contractor N.T.L., but David Cochrane was given details and        did not employ.

·    A Plater from the Midlands had been put on the blacklist by Stephen Quant, Skanska, has he had been involved with the 1997 dispute at Avonmouth Bridge. In May 2003 he applied to Sir Robert McAlpine, via subcontractor              Adey Steel, to work on their Dudley Hospital contract. When David Cochrane was given the information he got the subcontractor to remove him from the site. When he complained, they told him why he was removed. At the end      of May 2003 he again applied to Sir Robert McAlpine’s via a different subcontractor for work on the Birmingham Bullring contract. It was decided that as the subcontractors job was ending the blacklisted worker was left on site.       A note was then made on the file stating: ‘take care when relaying decision to site or subcontractor.’

·    A Steel Fixer from London was put on the blacklist in September 1973 by Sir Robert McAlpine for being a ‘Troublemaker and politically undesirable.’

·    An electrician was put on the blacklist while employed by Drake and Scull on the Jubilee Line Extension in 1998. He applied to Sir Robert McAlpine’s Excel contract in April 2000 via subcontractor ABB but details were given to      David Cochrane and he was not employed.

·    An electrician from Essex was blacklisted in 1987 while working on the Adelphi site. He was refused work a further 5 times including being refused by Sir Robert McAlpine for work on the Bishopsgate site in the City of London,      13 years after he was first blacklisted.

·    A pipefitter from Airdrie was blacklisted in 1975. 20 years later he applied to Sir Robert McAlpine via subcontractor Crown House Engineering. David Cochrane was given details and they did not employ him.

·    A worker from Thamesmead was blacklisted in 1992 as he had ‘attended several meetings of the reformed London Joint Sites Committee.’ A further note on his file from Balfour Beatty states that ‘No problems arose, but was            known for his left-wing attitudes.’ Two years later he applied to Sir Robert McAlpine, main contact was given details and he was not employed.

·    In 1975 a joiner was blacklisted by Taylor Woodrow for being ‘very militant.’ Despite a handwritten note on his file stating he ‘must come off’ he applied to Sir Robert McAlpine for work in 1995 but he was not employed.
 

There was hearing in the High Court in London on 13th February 2015 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.

Talks between GMB and lawyers representing 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. 570 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.

Justin Bowden, GMB national officer said, ' David Cochrane and Cullum McAlpine might have thought they had got away scot-free, so shedding crocodile tears now for the systematic blacklisting of 3,213 building workers and environmentalists won't wash, neither will the Nuremberg Defence of "just following superior orders".

 These so-called HR Professionals who ran the blacklists for the construction companies knew exactly what they were doing and they need to either apologise, come clean and say what they did, or get used to accounting in public for the damage they did to those they blacklisted and their families, especially with the Public Inquiry Labour has pledged after the next election. 

Just as the construction companies who paid their wages are being called to account in parliament, the courts and the media, every single one of these secret blacklisters will have their role dissected in public.'

End

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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