by Tim Lezard The secretary of the Blacklist Support Group has renewed calls for an independent public enquiry after Scotland Yard was accused of covering up its involvement into blacklisting more than 3,200 construction workers. A leaked document show …

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blacklistby Tim Lezard

The secretary of the Blacklist Support Group has renewed calls for an independent public enquiry after Scotland Yard was accused of covering up its involvement into blacklisting more than 3,200 construction workers.

A leaked document shows that a detective chief inspector – named by MP John McDonnell as Gordon Mills – briefed members of the Consulting Association, the body running the blacklist.

Dave Smith, secretary of the Blacklist Support Group, said: “After years of being accused of being conspiracy theorists, the evidence of police collusion in blacklisting has finally been exposed but the establishment cover up continues to this day.

“The police claim that not a single document from the police spying unit NETCU exists. The blacklisting firms claim that they do not hold a single item of correspondence or set of minutes from the Consulting Association despite being up to their necks in it for 16 years.

“This is a complete pack of lies. Either the directors of multinational companies have been lying to parliament and the courts, in which case it is perjury or the evidence has been destroyed and that is perverting the course of justice.

“Time to end the cover up – Only a fully independent public inquiry will get to the truth.

“In a democratic society trade unions are supposed to be free to organise and campaign on behalf of working people without the police and security services conspiring against us. But blacklisting is not a one-off on abberation, it is part of a long history of anti-unionism by the British state including the Miners Strike, Shrewsbury, Pentonville and going back as far as Tolpuddle and Peterloo.”

John McDonnell has written to Home Secretary Theresa May, saying: “In the light of this recent evidence implicating the Police in the blacklisting of trade unionists and others, I am writing to you to request you to intervene to ensure not only that all the documentation relating to NECTU’s relationship with the Consulting Association is put in the public domain but also that an independent inquiry is now undertaken into the role of the Police and Intelligence Services in blacklisting in this country over the last 40 years.”

 


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Tim Lezard

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