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Islington No To Blacklisters

Monday, March 10, 2014

Islington Council Says No To Bids From Carillion And 25 Other Construction Firms Until They Compensate Workers They Blacklisted

It is the only effective guarantee that blacklisting will be stamped out, and workers who were blacklisted compensated, by companies seeking public sector contracts says GMB.

GMB, the union for construction workers, welcomes the decision by the Executive of Islington Council on Thursday 13 March to accept the recommendation by it’s Policy and Performance Scrutiny Committee not to accept bids for contracts from Carillion and 25 other construction firms until they compensate the workers they blacklisted.

Group companies to be shut out of Islington contracts until they compensate those they blacklisted are : AMEC plc, Amey Construction, Balfour Beatty plc, Bam Construction, Bam Nuttall , Al Rushaid Investment Co, Costain Group plc, Laing O'Rourke, Carillion plc, Diamond Construction & Engineering Recruitment Ltd, EMCOR Group, Hardwicke Investments Ltd, Taylor Wimpey plc, Kier Group plc, Renew Holdings plc, The Miller Group, Morgan Sindall Group plc, Galliford Try plc, NG Bailey Group Ltd, Shepherd Building Group Ltd, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska AB, Financiere SPIE, Samsung Construction and Trading, Sunley Holdings Plc, Vinci plc. See notes to editors for the list of companies that blacklisted workers with current owners.                                                                                      

Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 the Information Commissioners Office (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. See notes to editors for places blacklisted workers were from.

So far 467 out of the 3,214 on the list know they are on blacklist. Several hundred of these 467 are covered by claims in the High Court. ICO planned to contact direct 1,200 after using their national insurance details to get a current address. That will leave 1,546 still to trace.

Last October eight blacklisting companies (Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and VINCI PLC) went some way towards an apology and talks are under way on compensation to the victims they blacklisted.

On 27th November particulars of claim were served in the High Court in the GMB legal action against Carillion and other for blacklisting GMB members. A further hearing is due in April.

The conclusion of the Islington Council report says as follows: The Scrutiny review by the Policy and Performance Scrutiny Committee has confirmed the existence of Blacklisting and identified those companies the ICO and the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee found had previously engaged in Blacklisting through their membership of, and contact with, The Consulting Association.

The recommendations in this report will mean that the council’s contracting processes take proper account of participation in blacklisting activities to ensure that no organisation which participated in blacklisting and has not “self-cleansed” is awarded a contract with the council. The actions to be taken by the Leader will also ensure that the concerns raised, and the best practice identified, by the Policy and Performance Scrutiny committee are brought to the attention of the Government and other London Councils.

Maria Ludkin, GMB National Officer for Legal and Corporate Affairs, said “GMB welcome this kind of robust governance from local authorities.

It is the only effective guarantee that blacklisting will be stamped out, and workers who were blacklisted compensated, by companies seeking public sector contracts.”

Michael Newman, Solicitor at Leigh Day, adds "Blacklisting companies have kept union members out of work for years, never telling them about the existence of a blacklist, and never explaining the reasons why they were on that list. I can only applaud Islington LBC for being entirely open with the same companies about why they might be denied public sector work. Work paid for by tax payers should not be freely available to companies who do not have the decency to own up and clean-up for their blacklisting history."

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Call Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or Maria Ludkin 07956 632 657 or GMB press office at 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823. GMB Scotland Richard Leonard 07703 465447 or Wales Martin Hird 07809 769378

For Leigh Day: David Standard 07540 332717 or Michael Newman 0795 223 9358 or Chris Benson on 07795425649.

 

The people on blacklist should call Phil Read at GMB on 07840 897997 or email him blacklisted@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1 Names of 26 companies that now own the 44 blacklisting companies

Blacklisting Company

Current Group Company

Amec Building Ltd

AMEC plc

Amey Construction – Ex Member

Amey Construction

B Sunley & Sons – Ex Member

Sunley Holdings Plc

Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty plc

Bam Construction (HBC Construction)

Bam Construction

Bam Nuttall (Edmund Nutall Ltd)

Bam Nuttall

Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd

Al Rushaid Investment Co

Costain UK Ltd

Costain Group plc

Crown House Technologies

Laing O'Rourke

(Carillion/Tarmac Const)

Carillion plc

Diamond M & E Services

Diamond Construction & Engineering Recruitment Ltd

Emcor (Drake & Scull) - ‘Ex Ref’

EMCOR Group

G Wimpey Ltd – Ex Member

Taylor Wimpey plc

Kier Ltd

Kier Group plc

Lovell Construction (UK) Ltd – Ex Member

Renew Holdings plc

Miller Construction Limited – Ex Member

The Miller Group

Morgan Ashurst

Morgan Sindall Group plc

Morrison Construction Group – Ex Member

Galliford Try plc

N G Bailey

NG Bailey Group Ltd

Shepherd Engineering Services

Shepherd Building Group Ltd

Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd

Sir Robert McAlpine

Skanska (Kaverna/Trafalgar House Plc)

Skanska AB

SPIE (Matthew Hall) - Ex Member

Financiere SPIE

Whessoe Oil & Gas

Samsung Construction and Trading

Willmott Dixon - Ex Member

Hardwicke Investments Ltd

Vinci PLC (Norwest Holst Group)

Vinci plc

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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