Friday, 7 November 2014

Blacklist Support Group update:

1. Crocodile Tears at CIPD conference
The GMB Crocodile Tears tour targeting the actual senior managers who were personally responsible for blacklisting continued this week:
Attached pix from the protest against Sheila Knight (EMCOR) in Reading and at the national conference of the CIPD (professional body for HR) in Manchester. Colin Trousdale, George Tapp and Art Against Blacklisting along with many others were representing.
Monday 10th November
West Midlands Blacklist Protest against Sandy Palmer, ex-NCS / Carillion manager directly linked to the blacklisting of 36 workers. Sandy Palmer is now a member of Ellesmere Rural Parish Council which meets in Ellesmere Town Hall at 7pm
DEMO: 6.15pm Monday, 10 November 2014
Town Hall, 1-3 Willow Street, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0AL.
5pm Meeting Point for pre-demo leafleting
Red Lion, Church Street, Ellesmere, SY12 0HD

11am Tuesday 11th November
Arnold Nestler, AMEC HR Director,
AMEC: Booths Park, Chelford Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8QZ.

2. Police involvement in blacklisting:
"The force can neither confirm nor deny it holds any information in relation to the activities of the Blacklist Support Group. To do so would undermine any current investigation by alerting those who maybe suspected of criminal activity, but it may also thwart any such investigation which is being managed as a covert operation. This in itself would disclose tactical options, undermining future operations, but also in this case potentially disclose personal data of individuals."
Quote from Essex Police in response to FOI request by investigative journalist
Phil Chamberlain. 

Wed 12th Nov 6-8pm
Undercover police spies and blacklisting - public meeting:
London Metropolitan University, Henry Thomas Lecture Theatre, 166-220 Holloway Road, N7 8DB
Speakers: Helen Steel, Merrick Badger, Dave Smith all 3 spied on by undercover police - all 3 on the construction industry blacklist
Sat 15th Nov 11am start
Defend the Right to Protest Conference
Session on: Undercover cops and the secret state
speakers: Helen Steel, Rob Evans (Guardian), Jenny Jones (GLA), Merrick Badger & Dave Smith
SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG London
3. Blacklist Support Group on tour:
Thurs 13th Nov 7:30pm
Reel News night in London:
new videos on Blacklisting plus
Veterans for Peace in Northern Ireland
Ryans Bar
181 Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 0UI
Sat 15th Nov 1-4pm
Construction Rank & File national meeting
BSG speakers include: Frank Morris, Steve Kelly, Steve Acheson
Newcastle Labour Club, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE14
(all construction workers welcome)
4. Atlanco Rimec
Atlanco Rimec is an employment agency accused of current anti-union blacklisting across Europe in the building industry and NHS.
This is an update on the story from RT (section starts at 13:30) 
5. Solidarity:
UCATT crane drivers strike at HTC took place Friday 7th November
Pix attached
Defend Petrit Mihaj
RMT rep was sacked by Sodexo who have refused to reinstate him despite him winning his Employment Tribunal.
11am Friday 14th Nov
Sodexo HQ
1 Southampton Way opposite Holborn Tube
6. Holiday Pay victory
Well done to Unite for their ground breaking holiday pay legal victory against the blacklisting firm AMEC

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