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Plan To Extend Blacklisting Into NHS

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

GMB Call For Public Inquiry To Investigate Plan To Extend Blacklisting Into Health Sector In 2005

It is quite clear that Ian Kerr and The Consulting Association saw a role for their services in the NHS and questions should be asked whether Carillion and Liz Keates did so as well says GMB.

GMB is calling for a public inquiry to investigate the evidence that has now come to light that there was a plan to extend blacklisting into NHS in 2005.

Blacklisting in the construction industry 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. TCA was run by Ian Kerr based in Worcestershire.

In new evidence to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee Inquiry on blacklisting there is a private and confidential letter on TCA headed paper from Ian Kerr dated 22nd February 2005 entitled Healthcare – Facilities Management. It was sent to John Conner, Amec: Liz Keats, Carillion; Iain Coates, Emcor Drake & Scull; Don Walker, Haden Building Management; Danny O’Sullivan, Kier, Alf Lucas, John Mowlem; and Allison Wilkins and Stephen Quant, Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil. See notes to editors for a full copy of the letter.

The letter from Ian Kerr states “Following last year’s meeting to consider a facilities management meeting I am now able to offer the following dates for a further meeting to cover the healthcare sector.

Please circle ALL dates convenient for you to attend a meeting at Skanska’s offices

Fleet Street, London, commencing 10.30am.

MARCH 2005

Tues 22nd                        Thurs 24th                 Wed 30th        Thurs 31st”

Liz Keates was Head of Employee Relations at Carillion Plc. She has been named in Parliament as a blacklister. She has yet to come clean and apologise for the hurt and damage she did blacklisting 139 construction workers. See notes to editors for details of blacklisting by Liz Keates.

Liz Keates had responsibility for HR at Carillion facilities management contracts in the Health service. She was involved as HR at Swindon PFI Hospital where 51 GMB members are pursuing claims at an ET to hold Carillion to account for race discrimination, bullying and harassment and victimisation that she failed to deal with at the hospital after 21 days of strike action in 2012.

There will be a hearing in the High Court in London on 14th May 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.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer, said "We know that construction workers and environmentalists were blacklisted.

Private and confidential papers belonging to Ian Kerr show Liz Keates from Carillion as one of eight invitees to a meeting to cover issues in the healthcare sector.

It is quite clear that Ian Kerr and The Consulting Association saw a role for their services in the NHS and questions should be asked whether Carillion and Liz Keates did so as well.

The British public has the right to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the full extent of blacklisting; only a full Public Inquiry will do this.

These papers give the lie to Carillion's claims that they had no involvement with TCA from 2004 on-wards.”

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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 Copy of letter from Ian Kerr dated 22nd Feb 2005.

THE CONSULTING ASSOCIATION

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PO Box No.  246, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 4AB

 

22nd February 2005

 

PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

 

Dear

Healthcare – Facilities Management

Following last year’s meeting to consider a facilities management meeting

am now able to offer the following dates for a further meeting to cover the healthcare sector.

I will be grateful if you can return this letter to me indicating which dates ar

Please circle ALL dates convenient for you to attend a meeting at Skanska’s offices

Fleet Street, London, commencing 10.30am.

MARCH 2005

Tues 22nd                         Thurs 24th                   Wed 30th         Thurs 31st

As soon as a date is agreed I will write to confirm with an outline agenda an

directions.

As mentioned before please indicate if you wish to introduce a colleague fro

company.

Yours sincerely

 

Ian Kerr

To:

John Conner                           Amec

Liz Keats                                 Carillion

Iain Coates                              Emcor Drake & Scull

Don Walker                             Haden Building Management

Danny O’Sullivan                    Kier

Alf Lucas                                 John Mowlem

Allison Wilkins                         Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil

Stephen Quant                        Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil

2 Some of what GMB know about Liz Keates:

Liz Keates (LK), Head of Employee Relations at Carillion plc was named by Ian Kerr as the main contact for Carillion / Crown House Engineering and Tarmac.  She joined Crown House Engineering, which was part of Tarmac, in 1998.

The initials LK appear 92 times against 75 different individuals in the blacklist files while working for the company 3271/81, the code used for Crown House Engineering, Carillion and Tarmac. 64 separate workers have been refused work after Liz Keates checked their records with The Consulting Association. 11 of these were refused work twice and 2 workers refused work three times.

Carillion, and associated companies, have been described by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd as ‘heavy users of the Consulting Association in terms of the amount of information provided by the Carillion Third Parties on workers. Further, the number of occasions on which the Carillion Third Parties are recorded as refusing employment to workers is particularly high compared to other members of the Consulting Association.’

These are some examples:

·    An electrician from Edinburgh blacklisted in 1977 applied to 3271/81 in March 2003, 26 years later and was not employed by LK.

·    An electrician from Dundee, blacklisted in November 1976 applied to work for 3271/81 26 years later in September 2002. LK given details and was not employed.

·    A pipefitter from Suffolk blacklisted in 1978 for being an alleged ‘strike leader’ in 1998 applied to 3271/81 and was not employed. He applied again in 2000, LK given details and not employed.

·    An electrician from Liverpool put on the blacklist by Costain in 1993 applied to work for 3271/81 in 2000, in 2003 and 2005. LK blacklisted him 3 times.

·    An electrician from Warrington was put on the blacklist by Haden Young with the comments ‘would not re-employ – assistant shop steward” applied to 3271/81 in 2003, LK given details and not employed.

·    An electrician from Essex was put on the blacklist in 1977.’ Applied to 3271/81 26 years later in 2003, LK given details and not employed.

·    Same contact, same outcome for a Glaswegian plumber blacklisted in 1978 when applying to 3271/81 for a job in October 2000, 22 years later.

·    One electrician from Tooting applied to 3271/81 on 4 occasions in 2000, 2002 and 2003. Refused work all four times, three of those times by LK.

·    A pipefitter from Essex was put on to the blacklist in 1980 because he was spoken to by a journalist from the Morning Star and their replies formed a feature article in the paper. Because of this he was not employed by LK in 2002      when he applied to work for 3271/81.

·    An electrician from London blacklisted by Morgan Est on the Jubilee Line’ in 1998 was refused work by LK and 3271/81 at their Norfolk & Norwich Hospital site. Another electrician from Gateshead was also refused work on          this hospital site in 2000.

·    An electrician from Braintree, blacklisted in 1985 for being ‘politically motivated’ was refused work in 2003 by LK and 3271/81.

·    In 1977 an electrician from Manchester found himself put on the blacklist for being ‘mixed up with a left wing organisation’. He applied for work in 2003 with 3271/81, LK given details and not employed.

·    An electrician from Glasgow was put on the blacklist in 1978 as an ex-employee of Balfour Beatty. Despite further information stating that a company ‘experienced no problems’ with him and ‘did not regard him as an activist’ he      applied to work for 3271/81 twice in 2002. On both occasions LK was given details and not employed.

·    A welder from Kent was put on the blacklist in 2000 by LK for being a ‘main agitator with mechanical sub-sub-contractor at Pfizer, Kent.’ After this he was refused work twice by Skanska.

·    A joiner from Hartlepool applied to work for 3271/81 on the GCHQ, Cheltenham contract. Danny O’Sullivan at Kier blacklisted him in 1997 for having been ‘drawn along by the course of events at JLE. Not in front-line of                action’. He was refused work by LK in 2002 and again in 2003.

·    An electrician from Glasgow, blacklisted in 1974 for being a deputy shop steward at the Methil Power Station Site applied to 3271/81 for the Hymires Hospital contract in 2000. LK was given details and did not employ.

·    An electrician from Durham, blacklisted in 2003 by Costain at Barrow Power Station was refused employment twice in 2003 by LK.

·    An electrician from Croydon, blacklisted in 1985 was refused work by LK on their Gatwick Airport contract in 2000.

 

 

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