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Police Blacklisting Admission 'Constitutional Crisis'

Friday, March 23, 2018

 

POLICE BLACKLISTING ADMISSION  IS ‘CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS’ SAYS GMB

When in 2013 GMB launched the first high court claims on behalf of those blacklisted there were many in the establishment who said we were paranoid conspiracy theorists.

GMB, the union for construction workers, has described the Metropolitan Police’s admission of their role in the blacklisting scandal as a constitutional crisis which needs a public inquiry.

Scotland Yard today admitted Special Branch officers passed information to a controversial network that blacklisted construction workers. [1]

GMB took the first blacklisting case to the high court in November 2013 [2] and has spearheaded the campaign right from the start. [3]

The union was instrumental in netting a £75 million for 771 claimants including legal costs on both sides estimated at £25m.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary, said:

“The secret blacklisting of 3,213 construction workers and environmentalists was the greatest employment scandal in 50 years. 

“When in 2013 GMB launched the first high court claims on behalf of those blacklisted there were many in the establishment who said we were paranoid conspiracy theorists.

“Admission by the police that they were directly and deeply involved in denying ordinary working people - who in many cases had done little more than raise health and safety concerns - from work and the chance to support themselves and their families is a constitutional crisis that can only be properly addressed by a full, independent public enquiry as GMB has long maintained. 

“This admission too raises some serious questions regarding other connected cases.”

ENDS

Contact: Justin Bowden on 07710 631351; or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors

[1] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43507728

[2] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/blacklisting-claims-in-high-court

[3] http://www.gmb.org.uk/campaigns/blacklisting

 

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