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.