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AMEC Should Apologise On Blacklisting

Thursday, October 10, 2013

GMB Call On Sellafield Contractor AMEC To Join With Other Firms To Apologise And Compensate Workers They Blacklisted

GMB condemn AMEC's failure to apologise as it has been proven that a number of parts of the AMEC business were involved in illegal blacklisting.

GMB is highlighting the failure of Sellafield contractor AMEC to offer an apology and compensation to workers they blacklisted.

This is after it was announced that Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and VINCI PLC - all apologise for their involvement with the blacklist and the impact that its database may have had on any individual construction worker.

The companies have joined together to establish The Construction Workers Compensation Scheme.  The scheme is intended to make it as simple as possible for any worker with a legitimate claim to access compensation. 

Macfarlanes LLP, acting for Sir Robert McAlpine, in preparing a defence against claims for damages for blacklisting in the High Court said that the AMEC group of companies supplied 112 names to the blacklist database and refused employment to 60 workers. Arnold Nestler, Group HR services director at AMEC has been named as a contact who administered the blacklist.

Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) seized a Consulting Association database of 3,213 construction workers and environmental activists used by 44 companies to vet new recruits and keep out of employment trade union and health and safety activists. Over 60% of those on the blacklist were aged between 30 and 50 in the mid1990s. They were mainly active trade union lay leaders on construction sites. Many of them are now nearing retirement age with no pension arrangements.

Less than 15% of the 3,214 people on the blacklist are aware that their names are on it after the ICO decided not to contact them directly. See table below for where the blacklisted workers come from.

GMB has access to information on the blacklist and is seeking help from local organizations including local media across the UK to assist in identifying and locating all 3,214 so that they get compensation. They should call Phil Read at GMB on 07840 897997 or email him blacklisted@gmb.org.uk.

GMB has accused AMEC of denying the extent of blacklisting the company had been involved in when bidding for work at Sellafield.

Chris Jukes, GMB Northern Region Senior Organiser, said "To win contracts in what is a captive market from the public purse while clandestinely engaging in blacklisting of ordinary working people is scandalous.

GMB condemn AMEC's failure to apologise. It has been proven that a number of parts of the AMEC business were involved in illegal blacklisting.

The days of ripping off the public purse with false commitments should be over.

On blacklisting AMEC are in complete contradiction to what they said when originally bidding as part of the consortium for Sellafield work. Shame on them. It is time for AMEC to come clean, apologise and compensate for what they have done”.

Ends

Contact: Chris Jukes Senior Organiser07870 176 733, GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823

Notes to editors

Blacklisted workers where they are from

 

 

 

 

Location

Number on the blacklist

 

Location

Number on the blacklist

 

 

Aberdeen City

14

 

Kent

95

Aberdeenshire

54

 

Kingston upon Hull

62

Anglesey

3

 

Lancashire

60

Angus

5

 

Leeds

53

Argyll & Bute

7

 

Leicestershire

5

Bath and North East Somerset

1

 

Lincolnshire

13

Bedfordshire

4

 

Manchester

183

Berkshire

2

 

Merseyside

173

Birmingham

69

 

Midlothian

3

Bristol

25

 

Monmouthshire

9

Buckinghamshire

20

 

Norfolk

7

Cambridgeshire

12

 

North Ayrshire

67

Cardiff

10

 

North Lanarkshire

22

Ceredigion

9

 

North Yorkshire

12

Cheshire

64

 

Northamptonshire

14

City of London

454

 

Northern Ireland

1

Clackmannanshire

3

 

Northumberland

7

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

3

 

Nottinghamshire

12

Cumbria

27

 

Orkney Islands

1

Denbighshire

34

 

Oxfordshire

8

Derbyshire

16

 

Perth & Kinross

2

Devon

19

 

Powys

2

Dorset

8

 

Redcar and Cleveland

43

Dumfries & Galloway

6

 

Renfrewshire

15

Dundee City

21

 

Rhondda Cynon Taf

2

Durham

11

 

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

3

East Ayrshire

18

 

Rotherham

56

East Lothian

1

 

Shropshire

2

East Riding of Yorkshire

16

 

Somerset

5

East Sussex

8

 

South Lanarkshire

16

Edinburgh, City of

52

 

Southern Ireland

1

Essex

57

 

Staffordshire

16

Falkirk

35

 

Stirling

7

Fife

24

 

Suffolk

9

Glasgow City

140

 

Surrey

32

Gloucestershire

32

 

Swansea

15

Gwynedd

12

 

Tyne & Wear

69

Hampshire

50

 

Warwickshire

1

Hereford & Worcester

3

 

West Dunbartonshire

8

Hertfordshire

14

 

West Lothian

12

Highland

15

 

West Sussex

11

Inverclyde

26

 

Wiltshire

5

Isle of Wight

1

 

Wokingham

10

 

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