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Blacklist "Crocodile Tears Tour" launched

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GMB "Crocodile Tears" tour to shame Blacklisters as hearing in high court resumes on 16th October to secure compensation for Blacklisted workers.

Managers shedding crocodile tears now for blacklisting of 3,213 workers won't wash, neither will the Nuremberg Defence of "just following superior orders says GMB.

GMB will hold 10 protest demonstrations in the first leg of a national “Crocodile Tears” Tour to shame 63 construction industry managers named as blacklisters who have yet to come clean and apologise for their actions.

The tour will start in Darlington, on Tuesday 21 October with a person in a crocodile suit accompanied by union members with flags and banners and slogans Nuremberg defence on blacklisting won’t washand  “Blacklisters come clean”. The details of the first 10 dates are shown below. See notes to editors for the full list if these managers and where they worked.

This comes as Law firm Leigh Day resume action in the High Court in London tomorrow (October 16th) seeking compensation for 122 GMB members blacklisted by Carillion and other construction employers. The claims were served on 27th November 2013. GMB’s claims were joined with a further 449 claims by other unions and parties at a High Court Hearing in July 2014.

Talks between GMB and lawyers representing construction employers (Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and VINCI PLC)  on a compensation scheme for 3,213 blacklisted workers broke down in June over the amount of money being put into the scheme by the employers. Employers have unilaterally launched a cut price scheme GMB estimates will cost less than 2% of the combined profits of the eight construction firms.

Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 the 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.

So far 1,724 out of the 3,213 on the list know they are on blacklist. 467 were identified by themselves on by their unions. 570 cases are covered by claims in the High Court. ICO contacted direct a further 1,257 and of these 776 has now been sent a copy of their files.  That leaves 1,489 still to trace. See notes to editors for details of where those blacklisted come from.

The dates for the first leg of the Crocodile Tears Tour are as follows:

  • Darlington - 21 October Lynne Day, Personnel Director, Cleveland Bridge: Cleveland House, Yarm Road, Darlington, Co Durham, DL1 4DE.
  • Leeds – 22nd October Valerie Bennison, HR for Head Office Directorates and SCS at Child Maintenance Group, DWP: Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7UA.
  • Wolverhampton 23th October Liz Keates of Carillion, Birch Street
    Wolverhampton, WV1 4HY
  • Sandy Bedfordshire 28th October Paul McCreath, HR Director, Kier Group: Tempsford Hall, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2BD..and Kathy Almansoor, Group Employee Relations Manager, Kier Group: Tempsford Hall, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2BD.
  • Glasgow 29th October Gerry Harvey, Human Resources Development Director at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services: Lumina Building, 40 Ainslie Road, Hillngton Park, Glasgow G52 4RU.
  • Aberdeen 30th October Kevin Gorman, Vice President Human Resources, Harland Group: Ocean Spirit House, 33 Waterloo Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5BS. Was Liz Keates superior at Crown House Engineering.
  • Reading University Tuesday 4th November for lecturer in HR Shelia Knight,  EMCOR.
  • London Wednesday 5th November Paul Raby, Group HR Director, Balfour Beatty: 130 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1LQ.
  • West Midlands on Monday, 10th November 2014 details to be confirmed.
  • Cheshire Tuesday 11th November - Arnold Nestler, Human Resources Services Director, AMEC: Booths Park, Chelford Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8QZ.

Maria Ludkin, GMB National Officer for Legal and Corporate Affairs, said “GMB is looking forward to tomorrow's hearing, which will be a key opportunity for the master to hear for himself, the numerous applications from the construction companies designed to try and delay proceedings, increase costs and undermine blacklisted workers pursuit of justice at a full hearing.

We also note the ICO's continuing non-compliance with the Court  order which would allow the plaintiffs to contact workers who still do not know they were blacklisted. This fits the continuing and disappointing pattern of behaviour from the government regulator, which has only served to benefit the blacklisting companies, by minimising the number of claims against them”.

Justin Bowden, GMB national officer said, 'They might have thought they had got away scot-free, so shedding crocodile tears now for the systematic blacklisting of 3,213 building workers and environmentalists won't wash, neither will the Nuremberg Defence of "just following superior orders".

 These so-called HR Professionals who ran the blacklists for the construction companies knew exactly what they were doing and they need to either apologise, come clean and say what they did, or get used to accounting in public for the damage they did to those they blacklisted and their families, especially with the Public Inquiry Labour has pledged after the next election.  

Just as the construction companies who paid their wages are being called to account in parliament, the courts and the media, every single one of these secret blacklisters will have their role dissected in public.'

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Contact: Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer on 07710 631351 or Maria Ludkin, GMB Legal and Corporate Affairs officer on 07956 632 657 or GMB press office on 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.

For information on High Court action contact Leigh Day: David Standard 07540 332717 or Michael Newman 0795 223 9358 or Chris Benson on 07795425649.

For people to identify more names on the blacklist call please call Phil Read at GMB on  07840 897997 or email him blacklisted@gmb.org.uk

Contact Dave Smith 07882 579 452 re Blacklist Support Group

Notes to Editors

1 Managers named as blacklisters- to be part of Crocodile Tears Tour 2014/15. (Most initial are from the files of those blacklisted.)

  • Michael Aird (MA) - Balfour Kilpatrick - Glasgow
  • Kathy Almansoor (KA) - Kier Group – Sandy, Bedfordshire
  • Dave Aspinall (DA) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton
  • Alan Audley (AA) – Vinci - Watford
  • John Ball (JB) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton
  • Ron Barron (RB) - CB & I – Tonbridge, Kent
  • Valerie Bennison (VB) – Whessoe - Darlington
  • Ernie Boswell (EB) - Kier Group – Sandy, Bedfordshire
  • Richard Bull (RB) - HBG Construction (BAM) – Colindale, London
  • Iain Coates (IC) – Emcor – Kew Bridge, Twickenham
  • David Cochrane (DC) - Sir Robert McAlpine – Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
  • Ann Cowrie (AC) - Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering - Edinburgh
  • Tony Crowther – AMEC – Knutsford, Cheshire
  • John Dangerfield (JD) - Balfour Beatty Scottish & Southern - Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • Lynn Day (LD) - Cleveland Bridge UK – Darlington
  • John Dickinson (JD) – Skanska – Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
  • Frank Duggan (FD) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton
  • John Edwards (JE) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton
  • Kevin Gorman (KG) - Carillion / Crown House - Solihull
  • Elaine Gallagher (EG) - Balfour Kilpatrick - Glasgow
  • Gerry Harvey (GH) - Balfour Kilpatrick - Glasgow
  • Roy Hay (RH) – Tarmac - Solihull
  • David Hillman - Sir Robert McAlpine – Birmingham
  • Keith Horner (KH) - Ballast Wiltshire
  • Dianne Hughes (DH) – Tarmac / Crown House  - Solihull
  • Geoff Hughes (GH) – Costain – Maidenhead, Berkshire
  • Greg Ingleton (GI) – Emcor – Kew Bridge, Twickenham
  • Prue Jackson (PJ) - Haden Young - Watford
  • Vince James (VJ) - Balfour Beatty Scottish & Southern – Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • Armar Johnston (AJ) - Balfour Kilpatrick – Livingstone
  • Liz Keates (LK) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton
  • Sheila Knight (SK) – Emcor – Kew Bridge, Twickenham
  • Ian Leake (IL) - Taylor Woodrow, Watford
  • Tim Llewellyn (TL) - Walter Llewellyn & Sons Ltd, Eastbourne, East Sussex
  • Alf Lucas (AL) – Mowlem
  • Bridget May (BM) – Nuttall – Camberley, Surrey
  • Cullum McAlpine - Sir Robert McAlpine – Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
  • Paul McCreath (PM) - HBG Construction (BAM) – Colindale, London
  • Steve McGuire (SM) - Morgan Est plc – Warrington
  • John Morrison (JM) - Morrison Construction - Edinburgh
  • Arnold Nestler (AN) - AMEC – Knutsford, Cheshire
  • Lisa O’Mahoney (LOM) - Laing O’Rourke – Dartford, Kent
  • Danny O’Sullivan (DOS) - Kier Group – Sandy, Bedfordshire
  • Sandy Palmer (SP) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton
  • Harry Pooley (HP) - Rosser & Russell - Watford
  • Derek Price – Morgan Ashurst – Stratford upon Avon
  • Stephen Quant (SQ) – Skanska – Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
  • Paul Raby (PR) - Balfour Kilpatrick - Glasgow
  • Murray Reid (MR) - NG Bailey – Ilkley, West Yorkshire
  • Roger Robinson (RR) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton
  • Sylvia Smith (SS) - Laing O’Rourke – Dartford, Kent
  • Trevor Spice (TS) – Costain – Maidenhead, Berkshire
  • Lisa Stevenson (LS) - Shepherd Engineering Services - York
  • John Stoddart (JS) - SIAS Building Services - Keighley
  • Alan Swift – Crown House Technologies - Manchester
  • Pat Swift (PS) - BAM Nuttall - Guildford
  • Alan Thorniley (AT) – Vinci - Watford
  • Brian Tock (BT) - Carillion / Crown House - Solihull
  • Ken Ward (KW) – Costain – Maidenhead, Berkshire
  • Trevor Watchman (TW) - Balfour Beatty Major Projects – Redhill, Surrey
  • Steve Wigmore – Crown House Technologies - Solihull
  • Allison Wilkins – Skanska – Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
  • Carolyn Williams (CW) - Haden Young - Watford

2 Where blacklisted workers came from.

Blacklisted workers – number in each area

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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