Friday, 15 June 2012

Here comes a Blacklist of Blacklisters!

Dave Smith gives Evidence to Scottish Affairs Select Committee

Claims that some elected politicians including an MSP were spied on and blacklisted were made in parliament yesterday. The Scottish Affairs Select Committee last Tuesday heard a mammoth 2 hour evidence session from Dave Smith (Secretary, Blacklist Support Group) as part of their ongoing investigation into blacklisting in employment.

As part of his evidence Mr. Smith (himself a blacklisted worker) claimed that a number of elected politicians and at least one MSP had files kept of them by the notorious Consulting Association. Mr Smith was able to make the claim after having been granted a Court Order to view the entire unredacted blacklist as part of his Employment Tribunal against the construction giant Carillion.

Mr. Smith also for the first time "named and shamed" senior managers and Directors of construction firms who had personally taken part in the illegal blacklisting conspiracy

Gerry Harvey—Director of Human Resources Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (formerly Balfour Kilpatrick) attended Consulting Association meetings on behalf of both companies.

Elaine Gallagher—Human Resources manager and “Main Contact” at BBES when contacting Consulting Association.

Liz Keates—Head of Human Resources at Carillion Health.

John Edwards—Carillion invoiced by Consulting Association for attending Consulting Association meetings in May 2008.

John Bull—Head of Human Resources and “Main Contact” at Carillion with Consulting Association.

Alf Lucas—Industrial Relations manager John Mowlem Construction PLC (now Carillion (JM) Ltd).

David Cochrane—Head of Human Resources Sir Robert MacAlpine.

All of these names were backed up with docuemntary evidence including Employent Tribunal judgements, witness statements and invoices from the Consulting Association.

The full evidence given by Mr. Smith is available to view via this link: visuals start at about 10 seconds)

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