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Inaction By CIPD Over Blacklisting Disappointing

Monday, May 23, 2016
Inaction Over Blacklisting By The Chartered Institute Of Personnel And Development (CIPD) Is Predictably Disappointing But Not Totally Surprising

Until the CIPD show that something is being done they are in danger of looking like ineffectual chocolate fireguards says GMB.

The CIPD, the professional body for the HR profession, recently announced that they ‘welcome the news that the long-running dispute over alleged blacklisting has now been settled and that workers involved will receive compensation following out-of-court settlements.’

The statement mentions that the CIPD are still ‘in the process of conducting its own investigations against individual CIPD members alleged to have been involved in the practice of blacklisting. Some of these investigations are still ongoing.’

The CIPD Code of Professional Conduct states members should ‘safeguard all confidential, commercially sensitive and personal data acquired as a result of business relationships and not use it for personal advantage or the benefit or detriment of third parties.’

GMB wrote to Chief Executive, Peter Cheese, on 18th October 2013 listing 37 Senior HR Professionals and other executives from the construction industry involved in the blacklisting scandal. In response Mr Cheese confirmed they were investigating 19 current members of CIPD for their involvement and usage of The Consulting Association’s blacklisting database.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer said “The CIPD have had over 2 years 7 months to conduct an investigation into 19 of their current members involved with the blacklisting scandal with no apparent results. As things stand they look to the outside world like chocolate fireguards. GMB is more than happy to offer our assistance if the CIPD need further copies of the evidence linking these HR Professional blacklisters to this sordid episode.

The blacklisting companies have apologised, it is time for the HR industry, overseen by CIPD, to do the same and accept that there was something fundamentally lacking in the ethics and professionalism of the industry at this time.

The £75m of compensation paid by the construction companies to blacklisted workers shows how out of step the industry is and must haunt Mike Emmott, CIPD Public Policy Adviser, who said at a conference in Manchester in 2014, that blacklisting was ‘a big fuss about very little.’

Until the CIPD show that something is being done they are in danger of looking ineffectual. Their members involved in blacklisting must think they have got away scot-free and unpunished. It’s now been 7 years since The Consulting Association blacklist was exposed and the professional body for many of those involved has not produced any results to their investigation. Many of these professionals involved still hold very senior positions within the industry and other important sectors. Inaction by the CIPD is predictably disappointing but not totally surprising.”

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Contact: Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or Maria Ludkin 07956 632 657 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

Notes to editors

1 GMB press release dated November 24 2014

GMB Call For CIPD Action On Senior Employee Terming Blacklisting Of 3,213 Workers As A “Big Fuss About Very Little" At Manchester Conference

Mike Emmott making little of the impact of blacklisting is so far out of step with everyone else you have to ask whether he is in the right job as condoning it is totally against the CIPD’s own code of ethics says GMB.

GMB, the union for construction workers, is calling in the CIPD to take action over Mike Emmott, a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) employee, who termed the blacklisting of 3,213 construction workers "big fuss about very little" and stated that he found "union moral outrage over blacklisting, rather distasteful". See notes to editors for press release from Blacklist Support Group on the meeting in Manchester on Friday 21st when Mike Emmott made the remarks following a question from a GMB officer which is reported in media today.

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. No compensation has yet been paid nor has any employer apologised for this action. 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.

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 tiny amount of money being put into the scheme.

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

In 2013 CIPD confirmed to Parliament that they were investigating 19 members linked to blacklisting. Last month CIPD said that no action would be taken until High Court proceedings for damages were completed. On 5th November GMB held a demonstration at the CIPD Conference in Manchester to protest at the total lack of action over five years by CIPD.

The extent of blacklisting by just nine companies emerged during the legal action in the High Court for number of names put on the TCA blacklist and numbers refused work – where known - as follows:

Company number of names submitted number denied work

Balfour Beatty Third Parties 302 187

BAM Third Parties 34 2

Carillion Third Parties 137 107

Costain Third Parties 70 17

Laing O'Rourke Third Parties 85 87

Kier Ltd 229

Skanska Third Parties 75 103

Vinci Third Parties 64 32

AMEC Third Parties 42 40

Grand total 1,108 595

Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer, said “This senior CIPD employee has yet again let slip that some senior HR managers don't actually think they did anything wrong when they were running the blacklist. See notes to editors 1 for Mike Emmotts role at CIPD.

CIPD members that organized the blacklist think they have got away scot-free. These very offensive and totally unacceptable comments by this senior employee of CIPD show that blacklisters have little to fear from a CIPD runs by the likes of him

Mike Emmott is either an empty vessel or a total hypocrite. The question has to be asked whether he is in denial or in cover up mode over the devastating impact of blacklisting on the lives of families. He is so far out of step with everyone else on this. You have to ask the question whether he is in the right job as condoning blacklisting is totally against the CIPD’s own code of ethics. .. See notes to editors 2 for CIPD code.

Clearly this man and this stance will be a massive embarrassment to CIPD members. The sooner they do something about this the less damage will be done to their reputation. CIPD members must insist that their governing bodies take action over this. "

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2 GMB press release dated 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.'

3 Managers named as blacklisters- to be part of Crocodile Tears Tour 2014/15. (Most initials 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

 

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