NEARLY 40 construction workers in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire have been illegally blacklisted by companies because of their trade union and health and safety activism.
Sixteen people in each of Staffordshire and Derbyshire, plus another five in Leicestershire, were named in a list of 3,213 ‘troublesome’ employees known to have been used by 44 construction companies.
The GMB trade union is now attempting to track down all those named on the blacklist and fight for compensation.
GMB general secretary Paul Kenny said: “People have been deprived of an honest living through these illegal tactics, which has blighted their families’ lives.
“They have been the victims of injustice over many years by multi-national companies now seeking to live off public sector contracts.
“Not a single company has yet been punished nor have any of them paid compensation.”
Mr Kenny urged local authorities to boycott the blacklisting companies by refusing to award contracts to them.
He said: “GMB is calling on local councils not to award any new public work to the companies that operated the blacklist until they compensate those they damaged.”
The blacklist first came to light in 2009 when it was seized by the Information Commissioner’s Office from the Consulting Association, a former industry body that maintained the blacklist and ran checks on workers at its member organisations’ request.
It is understood the vast majority of blacklisted workers still have no idea they were named on the list. The GMB is in contact with around 200.
The union is now attempting to track down the outstanding workers so it can help them fight for compensation.
Anyone who may have appeared on the blacklist or who knows anyone who did is asked to contact the union’s Phil Whitehurst by calling 07968 338810 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org