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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Time to bar blacklisting companies from public contracts

Protests against blacklisting are being held today around the UK, and the TUC - along with construction unions GMB, UCATT and Unite - is holding a lobby of Parliament to call for justice for the construction workers who were illegally targeted because of their union activities or for pushing for better health and safety on building sites.
  The TUC is calling for a national inquiry into the sinister practice - 'Blacklisting is real. It has ruined thousands of lives. Families are still suffering because a worker joined a union or raised a health and safety issue. We need a full inquiry into its scope. It must have the legal power to call witnesses, seize records and put employers on the spot. Companies guilty of blacklisting should be barred from public contracts until they can demonstrate that they understand the basics of human rights and good industrial relations' said Frances O'Grady TUC General Secretary: