GMB Experts in the World of Work
Join GMB today
 Follow @GMB_union

CIPD Shamed On Blacklisting Inaction

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Manchester GMB “Crocodile Tears” Protest On 6th  Nov Calling On CIPD Members To Act On No Action Since 2009 By CIPD To Discipline Members Linked To Blacklisting 3,213 Construction Workers

After five years of inaction CIPD now appears little more than a self-serving organisation happy to take its members affiliations without question about who they are and what they have done says GMB

GMB held a demonstration at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Conference in Manchester on 6th November calling on CIPD members to act on total lack of action over five years by CIPD leadership to discipline any of its 19 members for their part in blacklisting 3,213  construction workers.

Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 the ICO seized the Consulting Association (TCA) database, run by Ian Kerr, 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.

In 2013 CIPD confirmed to Parliament that they were investigating 19 members linked to blacklisting. During autumn this year academic members of the CIPD asked that action be taken against proven blacklisters. Last week CIPD replied to these members saying that no action would be taken until High Court proceedings for damages were completed.

This was the ninth date in a national “Crocodile Tears” protest tour to shame 63 construction industry managers named as blacklisters who have yet to come clean and apologise for their actions. See notes to editors 1 for the 10 dates in the first leg of a national tour and notes to editors 2 for the list the 63 managers and where they worked.

The protest at the CIPD Conference, Manchester Central Convention Complex Ltd, Petersfield, Manchester. At the protest was a person in a crocodile suit accompanied by a group of union members with flags and banners and slogans “Nuremberg defence on blacklisting won’t wash” and “Blacklisters come clean”.  Pictures available from press.office@gmb.org.uk .

This is what GMB know about HR managers, some of them members of CIPD, linked to the blacklisting activities of these companies:

·     Carillion and associated group companies have 367 references on the blacklisting files. The people who were involved with Carillion, Crown House Technologies, Tarmac and Mowlem at the time of the blacklisting scandal were named as Liz Keates, Head of Employee Relations; Roy Hay, Director of Offshore Personnel Services, Technip; Dianne Hughes, Deputy Director of Human Resources, The Big Lottery Fund; Frank Duggan, Company Secretary, Fuscha Limited; Kevin Gorman, Vice President Human Resources, Harkand Group; Sandy Palmer, Chairman of Ellesmere Rural Parish Council; Dave Aspinall, Managing Director, Network Construction Services Ltd; and, Roger Robinson, recently retired as CEO, European Hub, Laing O'Rourke.

·     Balfour Beatty and associated group companies have 608 references on the blacklisting files. The people who were involved with Balfour Beatty at the time of the blacklisting scandal were named as Gerry Harvey, Human Resources Development Director; Armar Johnston, currently a Freelance IR consultant; Ann Cowrie, Human Resources; Carolyn Williams, now Group Head of Human Resources, The Murphy Group; Michael Aird; Director of Michael Aird Consultancy Ltd; and Paul Raby, Human Resources Director.

·     BAM and associated group companies have 36 references on the blacklisting files. The people who were involved with BAM, Edmund Nuttall and HBG Construction at the time of the blacklisting scandal were named as Paul McCreath, currently Human Resources Director at Kier and Pat Swift, recently retired as Head of Human Resources, BFK, a joint venture comprising BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial and Kier.

·     Costain have 305 references on the blacklisting files. The person who was involved with Costain at the time of the blacklisting scandal was named as Geoff Hughes, Director of his own management consultancy company, TIOP Consulting Ltd.

·     Laing O'Rourke have 301 references on the blacklisting files. The person who was involved with Laing O'Rourke at the time of the blacklisting scandal was named as Sylvia Smith, Payroll Director / Human Resources Director.

·     Kier have 155 references on the blacklisting files. The person who was involved with Kier at the time of the blacklisting scandal was named as Kathy Almansoor, Group Employee Relations Manager.

·     Skanska have 236 references on the blacklisting files. The people who were involved with Skanska at the time of the blacklisting scandal were named as Stephen Quant, Director of his own Labour Recruitment and HR company, Tribune HR Ltd; and, John Dickinson, Industrial Relations Manager.

·     AMEC and associated group companies have 267 references on the blacklisting files. The person who was involved with AMEC at the time of the blacklisting scandal was named as Arnold Nestler, Group HR services director.

·     Sir Robert McAlpine have 123 references on the blacklisting files. The person who was involved with Sir Robert McAlpine at the time of the blacklisting scandal was named as Cullum McAlpine, Director.

·     Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd have 36 references on the blacklisting files. The person who was involved with Cleveland Bridge at the time of the blacklisting scandal was named as Lynn Day, Personnel Director.

·     Shepherd Engineering Services have 2 references on the blacklisting files. The person who was involved with Shepherd Engineering Services at the time of the blacklisting scandal was named as Lisa Stevenson, Executive Director Human Resources.

·     Emcor and associated group companies have 68 references on the blacklisting files. The people who were involved with Emcor at the time of the blacklisting scandal were named as John Stoddart, Human Resources Manager, Interserve Industrial Services; Greg Ingleton, Group Human Resources Director; and, Sheila Knight, Director of Anderson Knight Associates, Visiting Lecturer at Reading University and Consultant partner at Synatus.

·     Sias Building Services have 4 references on the blacklisting files. The person who was involved with Sias Building Services at the time of the blacklisting scandal was named as John Stoddart, Human Resources Manager, Interserve Industrial Services.

·     Whessoe have 22 references on the blacklisting files. The person who was involved with Whessoe at the time of the blacklisting scandal was named as Valerie Bennison, Human Resources Business Partner for Head Office Directorates and SCS at Child Maintenance Group part of Department for Work and Pensions.

·     Vinci and associated group companies have 146 references on the blacklisting files. The people who were involved with Vinci and associated companies at the time of the blacklisting scandal were named as Alan Thorniley, Regional Human Resources Consultant at Vinci / Taylor Woodrow International, United Arab Emirates; and, Ian Leake.

On October 16th there was a hearing in the High Court on compensation for 122 GMB members blacklisted by Carillion and other construction employers on claims served in 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. The next hearing is 17th December

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

So far 1,724 out of the 3,213 on the list know they are on blacklist and of these 570 cases are covered by claims in the High Court. That leaves 1,489 still to trace. See notes to editors for details of where those blacklisted come from.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer, said, ' "CIPD wants to be taken seriously as the voice of HR professionals but has been cowardly and ineffective in its efforts to remove the rot from its own ranks.

After five years of inaction CIPD now appears little more than a self-serving organisation happy to take its members affiliations without question about who they are and what they have done.

The Prime Minister condemned blacklisting, ordinary decent folk up and down the country know it is wrong, yet the CIPD is as proactive as an ostrich with its head in the sand, just hoping it will all go away.

Hiding behind spurious excuses for inaction is an abdication of leadership by the CIPD hierarchy, who must abandon their disgraceful strategy of avoidance and appeasement and take action now. 

If CIPD won't cleanse its ranks, and maintain standards, members must act. If they do not act  it runs the risk of being torn apart by the majority of its own members embarrassed by their blacklisting peers and sickened by the lack of leadership from their professional body.

The managers that organized the blacklist 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.'

End

Contact Neil Smith 07740 8040 63 or Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or Maria Ludkin 07956 632 657 or GMB press office at 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

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


· Darlington - 21 October Lynne Day, Personnel Director, Cleveland Bridge:

· Leeds – 22nd October Valerie Bennison, HR for Head Office Directorates and SCS at Child Maintenance Group, DWP: Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds,

· Wolverhampton 23th October Liz Keates of Carillion, Birch Street
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

· Glasgow 29th October Gerry Harvey, HR Development Director at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services: Lumina Building, 40 Ainslie Road, Hillngton Park, Glasgow

· Aberdeen 30th October Kevin Gorman, Vice President HR, Harland Group: Ocean Spirit House, 33 Waterloo Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5BS.

Reading University Tuesday 4thd 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.

Manchester Thursday 6th QMEX outside CIPD conference

· West Midlands on Monday, 10th November 2014 details to be confirmed.

· Cheshire Tuesday 11th November postponed till later leg - Arnold Nestler, Human Resources Services Director, AMEC: Booths Park, Chelford Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8QZ.

2 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


3 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

 

Share this page
+1