Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith inside the Laing O’Rourke offices on October 15th 2014(Credit: Reel News – NUJ).    by Tim Lezard Blacklisted workers have made a complaint to Kent police after being assaulted during a peaceful protest at t …

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Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith inside the Laing O'Rourke offices on October 15th 2014 (Credit: Reel News - NUJ).   

Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith inside the Laing O’Rourke offices on October 15th 2014
(Credit: Reel News – NUJ).   

by Tim Lezard

Blacklisted workers have made a complaint to Kent police after being assaulted during a peaceful protest at the Dartford headquarters of Laing O’Rourke.

The incident happened at 1pm yesterday when 20 activists from the Blacklist Support Group attempted to distribute leaflets about the role of the construction giant in the Consulting Association blacklisting conspiracy.

BSG secretary Dave Smith said: “Workers have been victimised and blacklisted for standing up for their rights in the traditions of Jim Larkin. Laing O’Rourke were at the heart of this anti-union conspiracy. They can sack us, they can blacklist us, they can assault us: but we will keep coming back until we get justice.”

Laing O’Rourke was chosen for the protest because of the role of the company’s head of global security, Anton Setchell. Prior to joining the company, Assistant Chief Constable Setchell was the head of the British secret police spying operations including undercover targeting of trade unionists and social justice campaigners. Senior police officers from the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NECTU), that was under Setchell’s command, attended the secret meetings of the Consulting Association and shared information with the blacklisting organisation.


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