Scandal of blacklisting

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LAST week during Prime Minister’s Question Time I urged Mr Cameron to order an investigation into what has become a national scandal that has impacted on the lives of many decent, hard-working people.

So-called blacklisting has denied them employment opportunities and prevented them from putting food on the table for their families, merely for exercising their rights to belong to a trade union, stand up for their colleagues or raise genuine concerns about health and safety issues.

Some of the biggest companies in the country, particularly in the construction industry, have used blacklists to turn people away from the chance of doing a decent day’s work for a decent day’s pay.

Even the Olympic Park which played such a pivotal role in the success of the London Games, was not immune from this practice, with construction ‘giants’ admitting paying for details of potential employees before allegedly drawing up their own blacklist of people they would not employ.

Chillingly, it is even being alleged that police officers were involved in supplying the original information and intelligence which led to some of these workers being included on these scandalous blacklists.

In the Commons I asked the Prime Minister if he would order an immediate investigation into this scandal which – like phone hacking – has destroyed the lives of many innocent people.

Along with my Labour colleagues I will keep up the pressure on the government to ensure such an investigation takes place as a matter of extreme urgency.