Blacklist Support Group is nominated as Human Rights Campaigner of the Year by civil rights group, Liberty


The rank and file campaign organisation, the Blacklist Support Group, has been nominated as Human Rights Campaigner of the Year by the civil rights group, Liberty.

(Pictured: BSG campaigners join GMB members at Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, July 2012)

It says the group has made a ‘real impact in safeguarding rights and liberties’.

Other nominees for Liberty’s award include the on-line petition and digital campaigning groups, and 38 Degrees.

In the last year, the BSG has secured a House of Commons investigation into the extent of blacklisting in the construction industry and has played a key role in preparations for a class action legal case seeking compensation for some of the victims of blacklisting.

The group has also helped coordinate efforts to persuade the information watchdog to release full details of the extent of unlawful surveillance of  trade union members carried out by the notorious Consulting Association dating back to the 1980s.

Liberty says the BSG has been nominated for its ‘steadfast support of construction workers who have been denied their livelihoods by being put on a blacklist by employers’.

Nominees for other awards include families and activists who have campaigned for justice for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster, Senegalese musician Baaba Maal for his work promoting global human rights and equality and the Scottish Youth Parliament for their work promoting marriage equality.

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said: “Liberty is honoured to be celebrating the inspiring achievements of our nominees, every one of whom is to be commended for the real impact their work has had in safeguarding rights and liberties.

“In this climate of secret courts and Snoopers’ Charters and amidst continuing attacks upon the Human Rights Act, it is more important than ever that their efforts are awarded the recognition that they so deserve.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London’s Southbank Centre on Monday.

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