National scandal as blacklisters handed victims addresses

UCATT LogoConstruction union UCATT have described revelations that leading blacklisters have been handed “lock, stock and barrel” the names of blacklisted victims as a “national scandal”.

In a statement published today (April 11) the Construction Workers Compensation Scheme, said “When the Construction Workers Compensation Scheme (TCWCS) launches we will be writing to everyone whose name is on TCA records and for whom there are contact details; we will also be publicising the scheme to reach as many people as possible.”

It then further emerged in a statement from the Information Commissioners Office who seized the Consulting Association’s blacklist in 2009 that: “We (the ICO) received a court order that required our office to provide copies of the information seized from the Consulting Association. The order was complied with.”

Steve Murphy, General Secretary of UCATT, said: “This is a national scandal and a disgrace. The main blacklisters have been handed local, stock and barrel the files the ICO seized in 2009. The blacklisters will now have their victims’ updated addresses and have been given the means to blacklist their victims again.”

UCATT are now in the process of writing to the ICO to find out on what grounds the list was given to the blacklisting companies.

Mr Murphy added: “The ICO exists to protect an individual’s personal data. This is the equivalent of giving a burglar your new address so that they can come round and rob you again.”


EU Parliament Vote On Blacklisting

GMB Welcome Vote By European Parliament To Ban Blacklisting In EU Law

MEPs in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today (12th March) voted to back measures to ensure blacklisting is illegal under EU law. This follows an EU wide campaign by GMB to ensure that companies using these scandalous practices have nowhere to hide.

The vote on the proposals for the revision of General Data protection regulation COM (2012) 0011 took place on Wed 12th March 2014 in a Strasbourg European Parliament plenary session.

Blacklisting in the UK came to light when in 2009 the Information Commissioners Office (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.

So far 467 out of the 3,214 on the list know they are on blacklist. Several hundred of these 467 are covered by claims in the High Court. ICO planned to contact direct 1,200 after using their national insurance details to get a current address. That will leave 1,546 still to trace – A further hearing is due in April

Many of the companies using this blacklist were European based multinationals, and GMB has been working with our European trade union colleagues to target these companies and bring them to book.