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High Court Blacklisting Hearing

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GMB Hearing In High Court In London On 14 May To Secure Compensation For 122 GMB Members Blacklisted By Construction Firms

High Court should apply the same standards on disclosure as in phone hacking and Libbor rigging scandals so that world can see what the construction firms did to ordinary workers says GMB.

On Thursday 14th May there is a further hearing in the High Court in London seeking compensation for 122 GMB members blacklisted by Carillion and other construction employers.

 The claims were served by law firm Leigh Day for GMB members 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. There was a directions hearing on all 571 cases on 17th December 2014 and 13th February 2015.

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.

Talks between GMB and 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 2014 over the amount of money being put into the scheme by the employers. Employers 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. 467 were identified by themselves on by their unions. 571 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.

GMB organized  “Crocodile Tears” protests at 16 locations across the UK to shame 63 construction industry managers named as blacklisters who have yet to come clean and apologise for their actions. See notes to editors for the full list if these managers and where they worked.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer, said "With less than a year until the likely date of the full hearing on blacklisting, we expect the High Court to rule today on what documents held by Carillion and the other construction companies they must now disclose about their blacklisting of GMB members.

True to form, the companies would prefer their dirty dealings with The Consulting Association (TCA) to remain their grubby little secret. They are using every excuse to avoid disclosure of key documents.

GMB expects the High Court will apply the same standards it did in the phone hacking and Libbor rigging scandals so the whole truth comes out and the world can see what the construction companies did to ordinary workers in the name of bigger profits."

Michael Newman, solicitor for Leigh Day, said “After years of litigation, blacklisted workers get their second hearing in front of a High Court Judge, the Honourable Mr Justice Supperstone.

Justice delayed is justice denied, and we hope the companies will no longer resist the selection of test cases and the inevitable progress towards a trial. The companies have provided some limited documents about their secret blacklisting operation, but getting full disclosure will be another important milestone in this case.”

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Contact: 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 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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