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Wed May 23, 2012, 11:59 AM

Creepy underreported story out of UK - 1000's kept unemployed because of blacklist

AS many as 5000 construction workers in Scotland are feared to be on employers’ blacklists because they might call for better working conditions.

The Scottish Trade Union Congress are probing the extent of the practice, where workers are kept out of jobs because they are classed as “troublemakers”.

Many of those targeted are simply members of a trades union or a political party. The STUC’s Ian Tasker said: “If we look at the construction sector alone, it is a fair estimate that there may be 4000 to 5000 workers on blacklists.

The extent of blacklisting in Scotland has not been investigated before. But a group of 100 workers in England are about to embark on a class action against 39 companies who funded a blacklist.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2012/05/22/5000-scottish-troublemakers-placed-on-building-firms-blacklists-unions-claim-86908-23868628/

Definitely something to watch.

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 12:05 PM

1. that better be illegal

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Response to Enrique (Reply #1)

Wed May 23, 2012, 12:11 PM

2. Companies have so far escaped prosecution

An investigator was fined though, have to find it.

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 01:42 PM

3. It must have been a problem for a while.

'In our country so fair and free,
So say the holders of the economy,
There is a monster said not to exist,
They call it the employer's blacklist''



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