by Tim Lezard UCATT has renewed its demand for a full public inquiry into blacklisting after it was announced there would be a government inquiry into the recording of phone calls made between prisoners and MPs. More than 3,200 construction work …

Tim Lezard

 

blacklistby Tim Lezard

UCATT has renewed its demand for a full public inquiry into blacklisting after it was announced there would be a government inquiry into the recording of phone calls made between prisoners and MPs.

More than 3,200 construction workers had their lives blighted and many faced financial ruin after they were blacklisted by major construction companies under the auspices of the Consulting Association. Since the blacklist was uncovered in 2009 there has been growing evidence of the involvement and collusion of the police and the security forces in the blacklisting of construction workers.

This week further evidence has been discovered that has revealed minutes of a meeting between Gordon Mills the Detective Chief Inspector of National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit (NECTU) and the Consulting Association in 2008.

The Metropolitan Police Service in a Freedom of Information reply to UCATT had previously claimed that they did not have any information relating to contact between NECTU and the Consulting Association.

UCATT general secretary Steve Murphy said: “When it comes to the civil liberties of MPs the government will hold an inquiry without hesitation. When it comes to investigating how the lives of ordinary construction were destroyed by blacklisting they look the other way. Just who are the establishment protecting?”


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