Map of Blacklisted workers   The Blacklisting of trade union activists in the UK is an ongoing scandal. A feature of particularly the construction industry, for decades some of the country’s top companies held secret databases – compiled by privat …

Walton Pantland
Map of Blacklisted workers

Map of Blacklisted workers

 

The Blacklisting of trade union activists in the UK is an ongoing scandal. A feature of particularly the construction industry, for decades some of the country’s top companies held secret databases – compiled by private investigators – of trade union activists and “troublemakers”.

Someone who raised a health and safety concern at a dangerous site might find themselves without work for years, with no explanation.

This is a fundamental violation of the right of workers to organise, of the right to free assembly in a democratic society, and of the right to work in safety and without exploitation.

Due to the tenacious work of activists, many of these stories are now coming to light. The construction companies and their allies are trying to bury it, and sometimes it is hard to keep track when we are so overwhelmed by stories about attacks on workers.

But exposing the Blacklisting and winning justice for the workers affected would be a major victory for us – it is really important to keep up the pressure.

A good place to start is The Institute for Employment Rights – they are monitoring and providing updates on Blacklisting stories, as well as providing a Charter for Blacklisted workers and other resources.

 


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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