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Derby Blacklist Protest 13 March

Thursday, March 12, 2015

GMB Protest In Derby On Friday 13th March To Shame Ron Barron Of Cb&I Named As Blacklister Of Construction Workers

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 Derby on Friday 13th March to shame Ron Barron of CB&I (Chicago Bridge & Iron) named for his part in blacklisting at least 43 construction workers. 16 of the workers blacklisted are from Derbyshire.

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.

Ron Barron was the Human Resources Manager when working at CB&I. CB&I were a relative newcomer to TCA having started to subscribe to the organisation in 2006. CB&I have 48 mentions in the blacklist files. On 43 occasions the initials RB (Ron Barron) are written next to information submitted to The Consulting Association by CB&I. He attended one of the secretive security group Woodstock meetings in November 2007. CB&I put 26 people onto the blacklist and further down the line refusing work to two of those who had applied to work again with them. They refused work to an additional 12 workers. See below for more details.

This is the fifth date in the second leg of a national “Crocodile Tears” protest tour to shame 64 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 64 managers and where they worked.

The details of the protest are as follows:

From 11am on Friday 13th March,

Outside CB&I offices,

Stores Road,

Derby, DE21 4BG.

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 Ron Barron linked to blacklisting 43 workers won’t wash”.

This is some of what GMB know of the blacklisting activities of Ron Barron and CB&I:

·     Ron Barron was the Human Resources Manager when working at CB&I.

·     CB&I were a relative newcomer to TCA having started to subscribe to the organisation in 2006. CB&I have 48 mentions in the blacklist files. On 43 occasions the initials RB (Ron Barron) are written next to information                      submitted to The Consulting Association by CB&I. He attended one of the secretive security group Woodstock meetings in November 2007.

·     CB&I put 26 people onto the blacklist and further down the line refusing work to two of those who had applied to work again with them. They refused work to an additional 12 workers.

·     An Erector was put onto the blacklist by Ron Barron in 2007 while employed at the Isle of Grain LNG Project. His file states that he is a ‘good craftsman’ but he is ‘consistently feeding information to the men. Had a position of          trust but abused it.’

·     A Steelworker from West Yorkshire was blacklisted in 1978 while working on a Colliery site for ‘causing trouble.’ In 2007, 29 years after being blacklisted by a Mr Smith he applied to work for CB&I on the Isle of Grain                   contract. Ron Barron was given the details and the company did not employ him.

·     An electrician from Liverpool was blacklisted by Alan Audley from Norwest Holst Group (now part of Vinci) in 1998 while employed by Drake & Scull on the Jubilee Line. He was refused work a further 6 times before applying       to work on the CB&I Isle of Grain LNG project – ‘Ron Barron given details, company has not furthered.’ Refused work 7 times between 2001 and 2008 because he ‘was known to have worked at Jubilee Line.’

·     A plumber from Glasgow was blacklisted in 1978 by William Press (now part of Amec Foster Wheeler) for being a ‘troublemaker’. He was refused work a further 7 times, including a rejection in 2008, 30 years after being                 blacklisted, from a second contact H.E. (for Ron Barron) were given details.

·     In 1980 a caulker/burner from Glasgow was blacklisted. 27 years later in 2007 he applied to work on the CB&I Isle of Grain LNG project – ‘Ron Barron given details, company has not furthered.’

·     A Pipefitter from Dagenham was blacklisted in 1981 with the following statement: ‘Subject along with four others whom we know of are travelling round sites in a gang. We have no proof of anything on this man but the leader         of the gang is Mr X’ Since 1999 he was refused work by SPIE Matthew Hall, Skanska (twice) before applying to CB&I Isle of Grain LNG project in 2006, 25 years after being blacklisted. – ‘Ron Barron given details, company            has not furthered.’ Mr X, the leader of the gang, was blacklisted in 1980 for being a Shop Steward in Peckham.

·     In 2006, Ron Barron blacklisted 17 Scaffolders and Asbestos removers who had worked on the Texaco Refinery Site Milford Haven.

·     A Pipefitter was put on the blacklist in 2007 by Ron Barron for being ‘involved in the Isle of Grain LNG Kent dispute.’ His file describes him as ‘totally obstinate, hatred of management. Very well-off’. His file also points out           that he is a ‘freemason.’

·     In 1992 an electrician from Basildon was blacklisted while working at Shellhaven and having ‘possible trouble-maker sympathies.’ His file has no reason for blacklisting but at the top, underlined, is the fact he was in the E.P.I.U.       (Electrical Plumbing Industrial Union). He applied to work at CB&I’s Isle of Grain and ‘was recommended by site supervisor from doubtful source.’ Ron Barron was given details and he did not employ.

·     An electrician from Surrey was blacklisted in 1985 for being ‘politically motivated.’ He applied to work on the Isle of Grain project in 2008, Ron Barron given details ‘company has not furthered.’

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, "Ron Barron of CB&I might have thought he 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. 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

·      Gayle Burton (GB) - Costain – Maidenhead, Berkshire

·      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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