Sunday, 26 January 2014

Anti-Union Laing O'Rourke Forced into Hinkley Agreement

It has been revealed this week, that the anti-union, anti-workers rights,anti-workers safety and MAJOR construction Blacklister, Laing O'Rourke, were threatened by EDF to have their Hinkley Point contract ripped up, if they did not sign up to the site agreements. 
They had been standing strong and resisting signing up to the ground-breaking EDF/Union agreements but when EDF threatened to remove them from the project they succumbed and signed up.
All over the country Laing O'Rourke are currently blocking Union access to its sites, ignoring democratically elected Shop Stewards & Safety Reps and treating site Health & Safety with total disregard.

Laing O'Rourkes Mechanical & Electrical arm, Crown House Technologies have been told by EDF that they will not be allowed on Hinkley Point due to their behaviour in recent years with regards to BESNA and their resignation from the JIB.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Site Worker Magazine

The January 2014 edition of Site Worker Magazine is OUT NOW

To receive hard copies for your site please email Site Worker:-

Friday, 24 January 2014

Blacklist Support Group Update

Blacklist Support Group  

Update 24th January 2014


1. Scottish Affairs Select Committee
The Scottish Affairs Select Committee investigation into blacklisting is continuing with UCATT, GMB & UNITE giving evidence this week. A second Interim Report is expected to be published in March. Phil Whitehurt of the GMB and Steve Murphy both called for blacklisting to be made a criminal offence with prison sentences. Bernard McAulay attacked Crown House for their continued anti-union attitude.

2. Blacklist Compensation Scheme latest
At present there is no offer by the companies but the blacklisting firms have requested a meeting in February to discuss a possible compensation scheme. The Blacklist Support Group and Guney Clark & Ryan solicitors for the High Court claim will be at the meeting,

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Blacklisting case highlights dangerous loophole

Blacklisting case highlights dangerous loophole

From Hazards Blacklist Blog

A High Court judge had accepted a UCATT safety rep blacklisted for his safety activities was treated unjustly, but has no legal redress because he was an agency employee.
Dave Smith, a founder member of the Blacklist Support Group, was repeatedly dismissed and refused work after his name appeared on The Consulting Association (TCA) blacklist. A large file held by the organisation itemises concerns raised by the safety rep about asbestos, poor toilet facilities and contaminated waste on London and Essex building sites controlled by Carillion companies.
The original employment tribunal case rejected his claim because he was an agency worker and not directly employed by Carillion. This was upheld by an Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

National Rank and File Meeting

National Rank & File Construction Workers Meeting  
Saturday 1st February
Jurys Inn,
80 Jamaica Street,
G1 4QG

1pm Start Time

Speakers Include:
Jackson Cullinane - Political Officer, Unite
Dave Smith - Blacklist Support Group
Louise Taggart - Hazard, Scotland


Saturday, 11 January 2014

Blacklist Support Group

January Newsletter

A few bits and pieces for early January:

1. Blacklist Compensation Scheme

We advise any blacklisted workers to have nothing to do with the employers blacklist compensation scheme - even if you are only interested in financial compensation, the final offer will be considerably better than the human rights abusing companies are offering at the moment.