Friday, 1 February 2013

Blacklisting in your area etc.

1. The GMB has produced a map of the UK showing where all the blacklisted workers live. This is being used to generate publicity in local newspapers and also to get local Councillors to pass motions de-barring blacklisting firms from public contracts with the local authority.

So far Knowlsey, Hull, Tower Hamlets and a few other councils have passed motions banning blacklisting firms from any future council contracts. Harlow Council is discussing a similar motion at the February meeting.

This is a great opportunity for people to help the campaign at local level - look at a copy of the map (attached).

If there are blacklisted workers in your area, contact the local press about it and get a story in the paper. Then contact your local councillors and suggest they pass an anti-blacklisting motion.

2. Select Committee investigation into blacklisting continues:
Witness: Jack Winder - Director of CAPRIM Ltd

1:30pm Tuesday 5th Feb

Committee Room 6

Houses of parliament


CAPRIM Limited are the company set up after the demise of the Economic League by Jack Winder and Stan Hardy. As the Chief Exec and Head of Research of the League, they had possession of the entire Economic League database and sold the construction industry section of it to the Consulting Association to allow them to set-up an run the building industry blacklist. CAPRIM Limited went into voluntary liquidation a few weeks after the raid on the Consulting Association. The directors have never spoken in public before: this could be very interesting (or very dull, if they refuse to answer questions).

3. The following MPs who made positive contributions during the blacklisting debate in parliament:

Chuka Umunna, Bill Esterson (Sefton Central), Tom Greatrex (Rutherglen and Hamilton West), Dr Eilidh Whiteford (Banff and Buchan) (SNP), Jack Dromey (Birmingham, Erdington), Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South), Jim McGovern (Dundee West) (Lab), Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North) (Lab), John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington) (Lab), Mark Tami (Alyn and Deeside) (Lab), Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian) (Lab), Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire) (Lab), Cathy Jamieson (Kilmarnock and Loudoun) (Lab/Co-op), Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill) (Lab), Dame Tessa Jowell (Dulwich and West Norwood) (Lab), Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West and Royton) (Lab), Natascha Engel (North East Derbyshire) (Lab), Ian Lavery (Wansbeck) (Lab), John Mann (Bassetlaw) (Lab), Ian Mearns (Gateshead) (Lab), Steve Rotheram (Liverpool, Walton) (Lab), Mr David Anderson (Blaydon) (Lab), Grahame M. Morris (Easington) (Lab), Ian Murray (Edinburgh South) (Lab).
Plus, the members of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee:
Member Party

Mr Ian Davidson (Chair) Labour/Co-op

Mike Crockart Liberal Democrat

Mike Freer Conservative

Eleanor Laing Conservative

Jim McGovern Labour

Graeme Morrice Labour

Pamela Nash Labour

Simon Reevell Conservative

Mr Alan Reid Liberal Democrat

Lindsay Roy Labour

Dr Eilidh Whiteford Scottish National Party

If any of the above are your MP - make contact again and push for a Full Public Inquiry, blacklisting to be made a criminal offence, retrospective compensation - this is official TUC policy but not of the Labour Party (or any other Westminster Party)
Blacklist Support Group




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