| I’m very pleased to have secured a debate in the House of Commons tomorrow to demand action on the national scandal of Blacklisting workers.
Will you email your MP now to ask them to attend?
Over 3000 workers had secret files about them kept by an organisation called “The Consulting Association”: this list resulted in their livelihoods being destroyed, their reputations being tarnished and in some cases their families torn apart just because they raised health and safety concerns to protect themselves and their fellow workers or because they took part in trade union activity.
Having seen some of these files the level of detail is shocking, including information about workers’ personal and family lives. Over 40 construction companies used this list to check potential workers and it has been confirmed that blacklisting was used on major public projects. Last week, construction firm Balfour Beatty admitted that it conducted blacklisting checks on individuals seeking work on construction of Olympic venues.
A further tragedy is that many of those affected still have no idea that they were included on the secret construction blacklist which was uncovered by the Information Commissioner’s Office in a raid in 2009, so have not been able to seek appropriate redress through the courts.
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Although a law is in place to prohibit blacklisting, recent revelations have made it clear that far more needs to be done to protect workers from this outrage and we need your help to ensure as many MPs as possible from all sides of the House of Commons come and speak out against this shameful practice.
Chuka Umunna MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills