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Plymouth Blacklist Protest

Monday, March 9, 2015

GMB Plymouth Protest On Tues 10th March To Shame Danny O’ Sullivan Of Kier Named In Parliament As Blacklister Of Construction 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 is holding a protest demonstration in Plymouth on Tuesday 10th March to shame Danny O’Sullivan of Kier who was named in Parliament for his part in blacklisting 103 construction workers. 19 of the workers blacklisted are from Devon.

Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 the ICO seized The Consulting Association (TCA) 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.

Danny O’Sullivan was the main contact between Kier and The Consulting Association as well as going on to become Chairman of The Consulting Association 2000-2001. The initials D.O’S. (Danny O’Sullivan) appear 103 times in the blacklist files.

This is the second date in the second leg of 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. The second leg of the tour visits Bristol, Plymouth, Epsom, Cambridge, Derby and Bridgend. See notes to editors for the list the 63 managers and where they worked.

The details of the protest are as follows:

From 11am Tuesday 10th March,

Outside Kier Plymouth offices

 27-37 Martin Street,

Plymouth PL1 3NE

There will be a person in a crocodile suit accompanied by union members with flags and banners and slogans “Nuremberg defence on blacklisting won’t wash” and  “Blacklisters come clean”. They will have a placard reading “Crocodile tears from Danny O Sullivan linked to blacklisting 103 workers won’t wash”.

This is some of what GMB know of the blacklisting activities of Danny O’Sullivan and Kier:

·    Kier played a full and active role in TCA, evidenced by the high number of occasions Kier is recorded as providing information to TCA, approximately 232 times. 148 of these are workers that Kier put on to the blacklist, 31 of these having then been refused work after being name checked by other companies. The initials D.O’S. (Danny O’Sullivan) appear 103 times in the blacklist files.

·    On 73 of the files, Kier had provided additional information to TCA. On 46 files Kier have added the comment ‘Worked at Jubilee Line Extension: 1997 to 1999. Under No Circumstances Whatsoever.’

·    Kier spent over £30,600 with TCA from 1996/7 until its closure in 2009.

·    One worker, an electrician from Newcastle, was put on the blacklist for allowing ‘himself to be drawn along by the course of events at Jubilee Line Extension’. He was refused work by the blacklisting companies three times in 2000, once in 2001, three times in 2003, once in 2005, twice in 2007 and four times in 2008, fourteen times in total.

·    Another electrician from London had the same listing as above. He was then refused work on a further 5 occasions. Another worker was refused work 4 times after being blacklisted by Kier, 6 workers were refused work 3 times and a further 10 workers were refused work twice.

·    A Carpenter from Bristol, employed on Kier’s Seabank Power Station contract, was put on the blacklist in January 1997 by the main contact. Although the blacklist entry states he was dismissed by the sub-contractor for ‘bad workmanship’ it goes on to state that ‘distribution of trade union leaflets in rest room may have been used as the “peg” for the stated dismissal grounds.’ He was previously employed by Laing O’Rourke on the second Seven Crossing and they stated ‘from a work point of view they would have no reason not to re-employ.’ However, when he applied for work with Amec Design and Projects Services (now owned by Morgan Sindall plc), AM, an unknown contact from Amec, was given details and not employed.

·    Another Carpenter from Southampton was blacklisted in June 1996 for ‘causing I.R. problems on site’ while working on the Civil Aviation Authority building in Southampton. When interviewed by one of the Kier subsidiary companies, Henry Jones, they put on his blacklist file that they ‘did not like the look of him and did not offer him work.’

·    In 2005 a Project Engineer from Hartlepool was put on the blacklist by Danny O’Sullivan. He was described as a ‘troublemaker and therefore a person Network Rail would not want on their books.’ As Kier were in the ‘third party position’ they have not employed.

·    A labourer from Dagenham was put on the blacklist in 1997 by Danny O’Sullivan for allowing ‘himself to be drawn along by the course of events at JLE’ although he was not ‘in front-line of action.’ In 2009 he applied to work on the Barts & The London PFI hospital project. John Dickinson from Skanska was given details and he was not employed.

There was hearing in the High Court in London on 13th February 2015 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 2014 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.

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.

Justin Bowden, GMB national officer said, "Danny O’Sullivan now retired in the beautiful university city of Durham might have thought he 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 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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