Construction blacklists should not be allowedSep 17, 2010 // Christian Reynolds
Blacklists need to be made illegal and legislation needs to be stronger, construction union pleads.
At the TUC conference this week, construction union Ucatt put forward a call to prohibit blacklisting, which was backed unanimously by conference delegates.
Previously in March, the Government introduced regulations that were designed to outlaw blacklisting but they have been attacked by the unions for being too weak.
Ucatt general secretary Alan Ritchie said:
“Blacklisting is one of the biggest crimes against society.”
“But it is not just the worker this affects. Often that individual is the main breadwinner of the family. You put a whole family on the breadline.”
Ucatt require the TUC to campaign for stronger legislation that will ensure blacklisting is finally outlawed. This legislation will make blacklisting a criminal offence, require that if a worker’s name appears on a blacklist they are officially informed and receive automatic basic compensation.
Mr Ritchie added:
“To stamp out blacklisting it must be a criminal offence. If employers are prepared to blacklist a worker and force them out of an industry. That is criminal.”
The calls were escalated from when the industry was rocked by the blacklisting scandal last year when one organisation was found to hold a blacklist of over 3,000 construction workers.