The GMB is calling on Dundee City Council to this evening boot out blacklister BAM Construction as the recommended preferred bidder for the tender to build the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum of Design Dundee, writes Tim Lezard The union is also c …

blacklistThe GMB is calling on Dundee City Council to this evening boot out blacklister BAM Construction as the recommended preferred bidder for the tender to build the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum of Design Dundee, writes Tim Lezard

The union is also calling for other firms that have failed to compensate blacklisted workers to be excluded from tendering for any further public sector contracts in Scotland until they pay up.

Harry Donaldson, Secretary GMB Scotland, said: “Public money should not go to companies like BAM that have engaged in blacklisting till they have purged their guilt.

“The Scottish Government has taken a strong lead in showing that companies who blacklist don’t deserve the opportunity to bid for public contracts.

“The current law allows governments and local authorities to bar these companies from the tender lists. The 2014 EU Procurement Directive is only going to strengthen their position. The Scottish Government’s stance adds serious weight to the fact that blacklisting counts as “grave misconduct” in procurement law.

“Anything other than the SNP removing BAM from this contract is unthinkable until they make a decent offer to compensate those they blacklisted. This will be a real test of what a separate Scotland would be like- a socially just one or one which takes the side of big business.

“BAM and the other firms have yet to compensate those they blacklisted. They are in front of the High Court in London again in November as workers seek damages from them.

“The total compensation which they offered in June is estimated to be is between £15m and £20m. That is less than £3m per company. This is grossly inadequate to deal with the devastating damage inflicted on people in their working lives and the colossal invasion of their privacy.

“The companies should get serious and make proper restitution and close the book on this shameful chapter. The eight companies between them have a turnover of over £34 billion and pre-tax profits of £1.04 billion. The employers have to own up, clean up and pay up. Until they do so they have to be excluded from work in Scotland.”

The eight construction employers are Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and VINCI PLC.


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