Blacklist Support Group names five HR managers it says have ‘actively participated’ in compliation of illegal blacklists


Anti-blacklisting campaigners have filed the first ever complaint of its kind to the professional body for HR officers.

The Blacklist Support Group, which lodged the complaint, accuses five individuals of serious professional misconduct of ‘actively participating’ in an illegal exercise to blacklist trade union activists in the construction industry.

It comes just days after the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development adopted a new code of conduct for its members.

The complaint names two HR managers at Balfour Beatty, Gerry Harvey and Elaine Gallagher; as well as Carillion managers, Liz Keates and John Edwards; and a former head of HR at Sir Robert McAlpine, David Cochrane.

According to the Blacklist Support Group, the five ‘either attended meetings or covertly supplied personal data on trade union members to the secret blacklist which was used to systematically deny work to 3200 individuals.’

In a statement, the group says: ‘Blacklists do not compile themselves: numerous Human Resources professionals in the construction industry are implicated in the scandal and should be held to account for their serious professional misconduct.

‘Their misconduct has been a stain on the reputation of the profession.

‘It is time that the CIPD carries out a full disciplinary investigation into the role played by its members.’

The group says there is ‘a mountain of evidence’ that senior HR managers have been involved in the compilation of blacklists.



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