GMB says link between Carillion HR director at Great Western Hospital may be possible reason for delay in resolving 3 month dispute over allegation of bullying against south Indian cleaning staff

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It has emerged that the senior Carillion HR manager involved in the Swindon dispute had previously dealt with the blacklisting organisation that led to thousands of trade unionists and health and safety activists being excluded from employment.

Dave Smith (pictured), a trade unionist who was blacklisted by his employer Carillion, and who has been invited to address a rally in support of the GMB members on strike at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, has advised GMB about the activities of a Carillion HR manager involved with the Swindon dispute in his own blacklisting.

Dave Smith has told GMB officials that his Employment Tribunal in January was presented with evidence that Liz Keates the Carillion HR Director involved in the dispute at Swindon managed Carillion’s relationship with the Consulting Association.

This was the body that was responsible for the ‘blacklisting’ 3,200 construction workers and excluding them from employment because of their trade union activities.

In February 2009 officers from the Information Commissioners Office seized documents which made clear that the Consulting Association was operating a blacklist of trade unionists on behalf of major companies in the construction industry including Carillion.

In the course of the London tribunal, Carillion admitted two of its subsidiaries had ‘penalised’ Dave Smith for being a trade unionist.

GMB regional secretary Paul Maloney said: GMB has been amazed that Carillion has not been able to resolve the allegations of bullying and harassment which was first brought to their attention three months ago.

“We simply could not understand why dealing with what looks on the surface to be matters that are easily dealt with has taken such an amount of time.

“However, now that we find that Liz Keates managed the relationship for Carillion that led to the blacklisting of trade unionists for trade union activities. This now poses serious questions as to why there has been such foot dragging and duplicity at Swindon.”

Watch our report here on the latest stage of industrial action by the mainly south Indian cleaning staff campaigning against racist bullying and harassment by Carillion management at the Great Western Hospital:

GMB members are now on the eleventh day of strike action. They will return to work at midnight tonight and a further seven day stoppage will take place from Saturday 17th March to Friday 23rd March.


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