Blacklisting is the scandal that now demands action | Seumas Milne

Thousands have been driven out of work in Britain by corporate spying outfits. It’s an outrage that calls for more than an inquiryAs in the phone-hacking scandal, the evidence of illegality, surveillance and conspiracy is incontrovertible. In both cases, the number of victims already runs into thousands. And household names are deeply tied up in […]
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Crossrail project dragged into blacklist scandal

Senior manager on London rail project routinely used Consulting Association’s secret list of trade union members at previous jobThe government’s Crossrail project is embroiled in a scandal over the blacklisting of construction workers after a senior manager on the rail link emerged as a regular user of the blacklist in a previous job.Ron Barron, industrial […]
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Olympic park workers ‘blacklisted over political views’

MPs hear of two men fired from Olympic site in east London during inquiry into political persecution in the construction industryA parliamentary inquiry into the blacklisting of workers by major construction firms over the past 30 years has heard claims that the practice has continued during the building of the Olympic park.Dave Smith, a former […]
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Peter Lazenby | The police link to industrial blacklists demands a response

The police or members of the security services who helped to compile industrial blacklists should face actionThe disclosure of a police or MI5 link to a blacklist of construction workers known for political and trades union activity, revealed by the Observer, comes as no surprise. Industrial blacklists of workers with either leftwing connections, or simply […]
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Blacklisted building workers hope for day in court after ruling

The Consulting Association, a shadowy organisation that compiled a list of ‘troublemakers’ — with the help of the security services — for Britain’s biggest building companies was closed four years ago. Only now can its 3,200 victims go to court and hope to winAt first there was an audible gasp, then there were cheers. It […]
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Files kept on oil safety academic

Secret ‘blacklist’ file was opened on Professor Charles Woolfson who was researching health and safety on oil rigsA secret “blacklist” file was opened on an academic researching health and safety on oil rigs, raising concerns that the operation compiling the files was active outside the construction industry.The Information Commissioner’s Office seized data held on Professor […]
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Police are linked to blacklist of construction workers

Security services ‘gave data to clandestine organisation funded by major names in building industry’The police or security services supplied information to a blacklist funded by the country’s major construction firms that has kept thousands of people out of work over the past three decades.The Information Commissioner’s Office has revealed that records that could only have […]
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