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Skanska Bridgend Blacklist Protest

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GMB Protest In Bridged On 26th March To Shame Stephen Quant And John Dickinson Of Skanska Named As Blacklisters 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 in Bridgend on Thursday 26th March to shame  Stephen Quant and John Dickinson of Skanska named for their part in blacklisting at least 144 construction workers. 111 workers blacklisted are from 46 areas in Wales.

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.

Stephen Quant was the Human Resources Director of Skanska and Chairman of The Consulting Association from 2002-2003. Skanska have 236 mentions in the blacklist files, 156 of these with the initials SQ (Stephen Quant) next to them. John Dickinson was the Industrial Relations Manager, and along with Stephen Quant, the main contact of Skanska’s dealings with The Consulting Association. His initials (JD) appear 18 times in the blacklist files.

57 workers have been put on the blacklist by Skanska and they have refused work to a further 87 people. 10 workers were refused work by Skanska on 2 different occasions with one worker being refused 3 times and another worker having been refused work 4 times. See below for more details.

On 5th March 2013 Skanska appeared in front of Scottish Select Committee Enquiry into Blacklisting in the UK Parliament to admit and regret their “inexcusable” role in blacklisting. See link http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/scottish-affairs-committee/news/skanska-ev-session/.

GMB and the Blacklist Support Group held a protest demonstration outside Skanska Annual Shareholders meeting Stockholm, Sweden in on Thursday 11th April 2013. 

This is the sixth and final 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 Thursday 26th March,

Outside Skanska:

31 Old Field Road,

Pencoed,

Bridgend,

Mid Glamorgan CF35 5LJ.

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 Stephen Quant and John Dickinson linked to blacklisting 144 workers won’t wash”.

This is some of what GMB know of the blacklisting activities of Stephen Quant and John Dickinson and of Skanska:

·      Stephen Quant was the Human Resources Director of Skanska and Chairman of The Consulting Association from 2002-2003. John Dickinson was the Industrial Relations Manager, and along with Stephen Quant, the main                   contact of Skanska’s dealings with The Consulting Association.

·      According to the McAlpine Papers Skanska ’played a full and active role in the Consulting Association and were heavy users of the Association, as evidenced by the fees paid by the Skanska Third Parties to the Consulting                  Association and high number of occasions (compared to other members) on which the Skanska Parties are recorded as providing information to the Consulting Association in respect of individual workers. Further, the Consulting        Association records indicate that the Skanska Third Parties adopted a hard-line approach, generally refusing to permit workers whose names were listed in the Consulting Association records to work on their sites.’

·      According to supplementary evidence provided to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, Skanska were the second largest user of The Consulting Association (behind Sir Robert McAlpine), having spend £215,843 between                1996/7 and 2009 in annual membership and search fees.

·      An Electrician from Derry was blacklisted in 1983. In 1990 a note states that details were given to a main contact ‘stressing sketchiness of information.’ Further notes indicate that he did not cause any problems on site and                  another company stated in January 2004 that he was ‘regarded as one of their top 12 workers.’ Two months later he applied to Skanska on the Longford Immigration Detention Centre project. Stephen Quant was given details and        he was not employed.

·      A Pipefitter from Dundee was put onto the blacklist in 1978. In 2002 he applied to Skanska’s MOD Whitehall contract. Stephen Quant was given details and they did not employ.

·      An Electrician from Essex was blacklisted in 1998 as he had been working on the Jubilee Line Extension. He applied to Skanska’s Portcullis House Contract. The file states that he was not employed but a further note states he            ‘was already on site, but subsequently moved off site.’ A further notes states that Skanska ‘have established that above did not divulge previous employer: Drake & Scull, nor the site, JLE, on his application form to them. This is         contrary to company ruling that omission of previous employment details renders application void.’ He applied again in 2003 to Skanska but Stephen Quant was given details and they did not employ.

·      In 1987 a Corker Burner from Newcastle was put on the blacklist because he was a shop steward. In 1999 he applied to Skanska but was not employed.

·      A fitter welder from Surrey was blacklisted in 1980 as a union member and ‘troublemaker.’ In 2003 he applied to Skanska’s MOD Whitehall contract. Stephen Quant was given details and they did not employ.

·      In 1985 an Essex based Electrician was blacklisted for being ‘politically motivated.’. He applied to work for Skanska in 1996 and twice in 1999 but was not employed.

·      A Labourer from Middlesex was blacklisted in 1982 as he was ‘running’ with a couple of UCATT organisers. In 2001 he applied to Skanska’s MOD Whitehall contract. Stephen Quant was given details and they did not employ.        He applied again, three times in 2004, same outcome each time.

·      In 2003 an Electrician from Kent was blacklisted by Stephen Quant with the following note, ‘Member of Shop (Thick)’.

·      In 2004 a ‘believed to be’ Electrician was put on the blacklist by Stephen Quant after applying to the Longford Immigration Detention Centre project. The following comment was added ‘Site problems were led by Mr X.                    Uncertain whether the others were militants. May possibly have been carried along with events.’

·      An Erector from Essex was put on the blacklist by Skanska in 2000 with the following evidence: Main Contact (LD) states that during his employment at their contract, problems arose. Since leaving the site, there has been no             unrest. No definite proof, but believed to be linked to Joint Sites Committee.’

·      A Carpenter from London was blacklisted in 1980 as a ‘known associate of Mr Y.’ He applied to Skanska’s MOD Whitehall contract in 2001. Stephen Quant was given details and they did not employ.

·      A bricklayer from Birkenhead was put on the blacklist in 1982 for being ‘politically motivated.’ He applied to Skanska’s MOD Whitehall contract in 2002. Stephen Quant was given details and they did not employ.

·      A Welder from Barrow-in-Furness was blacklisted in 1985 as being ‘undesirable.’ He applied to Skanska’s MOD Whitehall contract in 2002. Stephen Quant was given details and they did not employ.

·      A Pipefitter from Glasgow was blacklisted in 1977 as a ‘troublemaker.’ 26 years later he applied to Skanska twice in 2003 to work on the MOD Whitehall contract. On both occasions Stephen Quant was given details and they            did not employ.

·      An Electrician from Essex was blacklisted in 1985 for being ‘politically motivated.’ In January 2009 he applied to Skanska’s Barts & The London contract. ‘Second contact (J.D.) given details. Company has not furthered.’

·      A Steelfixer from Sutton Coldfield was blacklisted in 1996 as ‘Bad news!’ He applied to Skanska for the Coventry PFI hospital contract in 2003 and again in 2007. Both times the details were passed to Stephen Quant and his              ‘application was not proceeded with.’

·      In 2001 a worker was blacklisted by Skanska as he was ‘believed to have worked at JLE during the dispute. Information awaited to indicate whether involved actively in dispute, or not.’

·      A woodworking machinist and GMB shop steward was blacklisted in 1994 described on his file as ‘dangerous to employ and a West Indian Islamic revolutionary.’ The file continues that he had ‘taken company to an industrial             tribunal with a false allegation of racism. While atmosphere at company was not conducive to racial harmony, this accusation was considered by the company to be unfair.’ The main contact at Skanska then states that he is a               ‘sound workman, but would not be re-employed as judged to be too difficult to handle.’

·      A Foreman Carpenter was blacklisted in 1978 as a ‘militant.’ 25 years later he applied to Skanska Coventry PFI hospital contract in 2003, Stephen Quant was given details and they did not employ.

·      A bricklayer from London was put on the blacklist in 1974 as he ‘caused a lot of trouble.’ 27 years later in 2001 he applied to Skanska to work on the MOD Whitehall contract. Stephen Quant was given details and they did not            employ.

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, "Stephen Quant and John Dickinson of Skanska 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. 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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