Friday, 3 July 2015

Blacklist News: July 2015

1. High Court
The next dates for the High Court group litigation is set for 14th July - it will be a very busy schedule covering disclosure of documents, destroyed evidence, expert witnesses etc.. If all items are not finished, the hearing will carry over into the 15th July. 

2. Pitchford public inquiry into undercover policing
BSG have sent an official submission to the Home Office regarding the remit for the upcoming Pitchford Inquiry into undercover policing. We called for there to be a full investigation into undercover police infiltration of unions to spy on activists. Teresa May is expected to announce the full scope of the inquiry sometime in mid-July. 

3. Teeside #PayTheRate Protests
The ongoing SITA dispute in Teeside is still attracting 100s of workers to weekly early morning protests. Last week, scores of activists turned up unannounced at the Liverpool offices of the MRWA to press their point home. Keep up the good work brothers & sisters - you are leading the fightback against the attacks on our terms & conditions. 
For more info and updates about the latest actions follow Teeside Construction Activists on FaceBook:

4. Blacklisting events - Dates for the Diary in July :
Thu 2nd (6:30pm) - Defend Our Unions, ULU
Sat 4th (all day) - National Shop Stewards Conference - Conway Hall, Holborn
Thu 9th (6:30pm) - Blacklisted book event - Black Pig, Tunbridge Wells, Kent - with Helen Clifford
Fri 10th (5:30pm) - Durham Miners Gala Education 4 Action event - NUM Offices, Redhills - in association with People's Bookshop 
Sat 11th (2pm) - Blacklisted workers filmed discussion, London - in association with film maker Lucy Parker - please contact BSG ASAP if you are interested in attending.  
Tue 14th (10am) - High Court blacklisting trial case management hearing
Tue 14th (6:30pm) - TUCG Tolpuddle Seminar - Jubilee Room, Houses of Parliament - with MPs & Gen Secs 
Wed 15th (10am) - High Court day 2 (tbc)
Wed 15th (7pm) - Hackney TUC
Sat 18th - Tolpuddle Festival 
Thu 23rd - Dave Smith arrest trial - City of London Magistrates Court  

5. Get Carillion out of Liverpool
BSG are working with Spirit of Shankly supporters group in Liverpool FC about the contract given to blacklisting firm Carillion to redevelop the Anfield stadium. 
BSG are also involved in ongoing meetings with Trust operating New Royal Liverpool Hospital that has also awarded a contract to Carillion. 
Watch this space - this could get very big. 

6. Blacklist Support Group at Glastonbury Festival
BSG were at Glastonbury Festival appearing at Leftfield stage, Speakers Forum in the Green Futures Field and the Reel News installation in Shangri-La. Phil Chamberlain, Tom Fowler, Martin Smith, Shaun Dey, Merrick Badger, Dave Smith were flying the flag. All the photos are on social media 

7. Other Blacklisting news items: 
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ Gen Sec review in the Morning Star:

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