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"Crocodile Tears" blacklist protest Aberdeen 30th Oct

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Aberdeen GMB“Crocodile Tears” Protest On 30th Oct To Shame Kevin Gorman Current North Sea HR Director Linked To Blacklisting 271 Construction Workers

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

GMB will hold a protest demonstration in Aberdeen on Thursday 30th October to shame Kevin Norman for his part in blacklisting 271 construction workers when employed in the construction industry. He is now employed in Aberdeen in a HR role in North Sea Oil support industry.

Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 the ICO seized the Consulting Association (TCA) database, run by Ian Kerr, 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.

Kevin Gorman, Crown House Engineering is currently Vice President Human Resources, Harkand Group in Aberdeen. He was named by Alan Wainwright in evidence to Scottish Affairs Select Committee as a link with TCA at Crown House Engineering where he was the Human Resources Manager. He has yet to come clean and apologise for his part in the hurt and damage caused by Carillion who overall were involved in blacklisting 271 workers.

This is the sixth date in 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. See notes to editors 1 for the 10 dates in the first leg of a national tour and notes to editors 2 for the list the 63 managers and where they worked.

The details of the protest are as follows:

At 11am 30th October,
outside Harkand Group office:

Ocean Spirit House,

33 Waterloo Quay,

Aberdeen AB11 5BS.


At the protest 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”.

Kevin Gorman (KG) was Liz Keates superior at Crown House Engineering where he was the Human Resources Manager.

His current employer Harkand is a company involved with subsea inspection, repair and maintenance, light construction, construction support and survey services to the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors.  He was previously Human Resources Manager for Bristow Helicopters, a company that transports people and materials to and from oil and gas rigs.

These are some specific details known to GMB about blacklisting activities by KG and Carillion linked companies.

·     3271, 3271/A, 3271/79, 3271/77, 3271/81, 3271/35, the codes used for Tarmac Construction, Carillion and Crown House Technologies have 271 references on The Consulting Association files.

·     KG listed 10 times in The Consulting Association files against 8 individuals. He refused work to 7 of them, 1 of them twice and added information to 2 others.

·     A Rigger from Barnsley was put on the blacklist in 1997 having been employed by a Courtaulds site in Grimsby via Carillion’s in-house employment agency, NCS. NCS is now a stand-alone company where fellow blacklisters, Sandy Palmer and Dave Aspinall still have an interest. Six months later he applied again to 3271/81 (Crown House) via their own agency but KG ‘will not employ’. A note states that ‘Concern expressed by KG as to why own agency still has above on their books.’

·     In 2007 same rigger applied to CB&I at the Isle of Grain LNG site but was not employed.

·     Another Rigger from Glamorgan was put on the blacklist in 1979. He was name checked 12 times including applying for work with Laing O’Rourke, Taylor Woodrow Construction, Vinci, Costain and Crown House. In 1997, 18 years later, the blacklist file states ‘Applied to 3271/81. Main contact (KG) given details stressing age of information. Company will take up quality references to support decision not to employ. He was refused work again in 2003 by Costain.

·     A pipefitter from Wales was blacklisted in 1976. He was name checked 21 times, having been refused work, by Balfour Kilpatrick, for the final time in 2005, 29 years after appearing on the list. In 1997 he applied to 3271/81, the file states ‘Main contact (KG) given details stressing age of information. Company will take up quality references to support decision not to employ.’

·     An electrician from Liverpool was blacklisted by Skanska in 1987. He was refused work at least 12 times, including 4 times by Crown House. In 1998 he applied to Crown House via agency NCS on the Strand contract. The blacklist file states ‘Main contact (KG) given details. Company will not employ. KG states that the above worked for them previously at Sellafield where he was one of a group who took the Co. to an industrial tribunal. Although above was not necessarily a member of EPIU, this union was involved at the times in these events. Because of these actions 3271/81 would not re-employ.’

·     In 2000 KG made an entry on an electricians file stating ‘vociferous on the picket line at site entrance.’ He was subsequently refused employment by Balfour Kilpatrick.

·     An electrician from Kent was put on the blacklist in 1985 for being a ‘trouble maker’ and ‘politically active.’ He applied to KG for work with Crown House in 1997 and despite being given details stressing age of the information ‘company will take up quality references to support decision not to employ.’

On October 16th there was a hearing in the High Court on compensation for 122 GMB members blacklisted by Carillion and other construction employers on claims served in 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. The next hearing is 17th December

Talks between GMB and lawyers for Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and VINCI PLC on a compensation scheme broke down in June over the amount of money being put into the scheme. 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 and of these 570 cases are covered by claims in the High Court. That leaves 1,489 still to trace. See notes to editors for details of where those blacklisted come from.

Harry Donaldson, Secretary GMB Scotland, said, 'Kevin Gorman and the rest 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 Richard Leonard GMB Scotland 07703 465 447 or Harry Donaldson 07885 456726 or Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or Maria Ludkin 07956 632 657 or Tim Roache 07961 719545 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 The dates for the first leg of the Crocodile Tears Tour are as follows:

· Darlington - 21 October Lynne Day, Personnel Director, Cleveland Bridge:

· Leeds – 22nd October Valerie Bennison, HR for Head Office Directorates and SCS at Child Maintenance Group, DWP: Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds,

· Wolverhampton 23th October Liz Keates of Carillion, Birch Street
Sandy Bedfordshire 28th October Paul McCreath, HR Director, Kier Group: Tempsford Hall, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2BD..and Kathy Almansoor, Group Employee Relations Manager, Kier Group: Tempsford Hall, Sandy, Bedfordshire

· Glasgow 29th October Gerry Harvey, HR Development Director at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services: Lumina Building, 40 Ainslie Road, Hillngton Park, Glasgow

· Aberdeen 30th October Kevin Gorman, Vice President HR, Harland Group: Ocean Spirit House, 33 Waterloo Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5BS.

Reading University Tuesday 4thd November for lecturer in HR Shelia Knight, EMCOR.

· London Wednesday 5th November Paul Raby, Group HR Director, Balfour Beatty: 130 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1LQ.

· West Midlands on Monday, 10th November 2014 details to be confirmed.

· Cheshire Tuesday 11th November - Arnold Nestler, Human Resources Services Director, AMEC: Booths Park, Chelford Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8QZ.

2 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

3 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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