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Shelia Knight Blacklist Protest Reading

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Reading University GMB “Crocodile Tears” Protest On 4th Nov Shaming Shelia Knight Visiting HR Lecturer Linked To Blacklisting 68 Construction Workers

Managers like Shelia Knight 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 held a protest demonstration outside Reading University on Tuesday 4th November to shame Sheila Knight for her part in blacklisting 68 construction workers when employed in the construction industry.

She claims to be a Visiting Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Employment Law at the University of Reading stating that she is ‘responsible for the design and delivery of the Human Resources Management module on the MSc Construction Management programme at the University of Reading'.

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.

Sheila Knight is now a Management Consultant, Anderson Knight Associates Ltd, London.
She was named as a contact with TCA by Alan Wainwright in evidence to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Select Committee when she was worked for Emcor. She was the Group Human Resources Director for Emcor Group from 1998-2006 having previously served as ACAS Assistant Director from 1992 to 1997.

This is the seventh 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 protest was held outside entrance to Reading University, Queens Drive, Shinfield Road, Reading. At the protest there was 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”.

This is what GMB know about the blacklisting links of Sheila Knight.

·      She was given lists of electricians from Pfizer, Royal Opera House (Balfour Kilpatricks projects) and Jubilee Line Extension (Emcor Drake & Scull / Sir Robert McAlpine Joint Venture) by Michael Aird at Balfour Kilpatrick and distributed them to Emcor Drake & Scull labour managers with a view to preventing them from getting work on their projects. A memo from Sheila Knight in 2000 to the labour managers states ‘I enclose lists of those employed on JLEP, the Opera House and Pfizer. Please keep this information confidential and make your own enquiries thereafter.’

3292, Emcor Rail, have 50 references in the blacklisting files and 3286, Emcor Drake and Scull are referenced 18 times. A total of 20 people were put on the blacklist by Emcor Rail and Emcor Drake and Scull, 31 people were refused work after being name checked by both companies and information added in 17 cases.

- An electrician from Essex was blacklisted by Skanska in 1987 for ‘causing trouble regarding payment on hours worked.’ He was name checked and refused work 9 times. In 2008, 21 years later he applied to Emcor Rail for the Shepherd’s Bush LUL Station contract. He was refused.

- Another electrician from London was blacklisted by Kier as he had worked on the Jubilee Line Extension. No further details are given other than ‘UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER.’ In 2006 he applied to work for 3292 for CTRL 105 contract in London. He was refused.

- Another electrician from Essex was blacklisted in 1998 for being a ‘shop steward on Jubilee Line.’ He subsequently in 2007 applied for work with 3292 for the Kings Cross CTRL project. The file states ‘Co has not furthered.’

- An electrician from London was blacklisted in 1985 labelled as a ‘politically motivated.’ He was refused work in 2007, 22 years later, by 3292 when applying for work on the Kings Cross contract.

- One electrician was put on the blacklist in 2003 for being involved in the Piccadilly Gardens dispute in Manchester. He was already on the CTRL site when he was name checked. The file states ‘3292 requested removal from site after 5 days. 3292 (main contact) wrote to above requesting a meeting on site with union rep.’ A subsequent note stated that he ‘has lodged details of his grievance with Industrial Tribunal.’ He was subsequently refused work a further 2 times.

- Another electrician was blacklisted in 1985 for being a ‘Troublemaker and is politically motivated.’ He applied for work with 3292 22 years later in 2007 for the St Pancras contract but was refused.

- An electrician from London was blacklisted in 1985. He applied to 3292 for CTRL Contract in London but was also told ‘Co has not furthered.’

- On one occasion, the labour manager for Emcor, Ian Coates, added the note ‘seriously ill’ to the blacklist file of an electrician.

- A representative from Emcor attended the ‘Woodstock Meeting’ in November 2008 where a Detective Inspector from the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NECTU) was guest speaker. The purpose of his speaking was to liaise with the industry and explain NECTU’s role on domestic extremism, covering Animal Rights activists, left and right wing extremists which were seen by NECTU as emerging threats. He also spoke about methods of gathering information on extremists.

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.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer, said, 'Shelia Knight 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".

Sheila Knight links to ACAS and University of Reading makes her role particularly repugnant.

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 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.

Manchester Thursday 6th QMEX outside CIPD conference

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

· Cheshire Tuesday 11th November – postponed to later leg. 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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