Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Blacklist Support Group: how to help fight the Blacklist

We reproduce the latest from the Blacklist Support Group below:

Stephen Hughes MEP and Glenis Wilmott MEP are taking up the issue of blacklisting in the European Parliament. You can support the campaign and make it more likely that new EU wide anti-blacklisting legislation is introduced by spending just a minute or so doing the following:

1. Contact your MEP

It would be useful to mobilise other MEP's. If you don't know the name of your own MEP's you will be able to find them on the European Parliament's website:

2. Tell your MEP

Whether you arrange a face to face meeting (this is best) or send an email / letter, keep it short and to the point - MEPs receive a lot of correspondence.

Highlight the European nature of the problem - The companies involved are often based in many EU countries - Skanska (Sweden), Bam (Netherlands), Vinci (France), Laing O’Rourke (Ireland), Sir Robert McAlpine, Balfour Beatty, Kier, Costain, Carillion (UK)

Stress the health & safety issues around blacklisting of safety reps which impedes the proper implementation and enforcement of EU safety laws

Also make it human, give a specific, typical example of someone blacklisted - the reason for blacklisting, the periods of time denied work, the sort of intrusive information gathered, the infringement of basic rights and so on.

3. Ask your MEP

Ask your MEP's to demand action to end blacklisting by writing to both:

Commissioner Laszlo Andor, responsible for Employment and Social Affairs
Vivian Reding, Commissioner for Justice and citizenship

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