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Evidence of building bosses' blacklist

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2029

New allegations have been raised over employers operating a blacklist in the construction industry.

As Socialist Worker reported in April over 1,000 electricians were included on lists produced in 2000.

These were allegedly used to prevent trade union activists getting work on construction sites.

Alan Wainwright, a former director of Balfour Beatty subsidiary Haden Young, produced the lists as part of a constructive dismissal claim against his former employers.

Wainwright accused Balfour Beatty subsidiary Haden Young of fraud and blacklisting during an industrial tribunal last week.

At the hearing against his former employers, Wainwright claimed Hayden Young management, “swept under the carpet” fraudulent practice on the Exeter Schools PFI project and the Coventry Arena stadium scheme.

Furthermore, Wainwright claims the treatment he received from his employers prompted him to make the disclosures over Haden Young alleged blacklisting procedures, which was revealed to him by labour manager Neil Cappell.

He told the tribunal, “I raised concerns that the company would restrict my future employment under the process for reporting fraud and the cover up to head office.”

According to Wainwright, the names and national insurance numbers of all new operatives proposed by employment agencies were to be faxed to head office for “checking”. Wainwright claims one worker, Michael Shakespeare was turned away from the Coventry Arena project because of the checks.

Wainwright says, “Mr Cappell informed me that this was very hush-hush, as the checking process was to ensure operatives deemed to be union members not approved by the company or with a history of involvement in union activity did not end up on any of our projects.”

Wainwright left Haden Young in January of this year.

Haden Young said that “We deny the allegations of unfair dismissal made by Mr Wainwright.” The hearing continues.

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Sat 2 Dec 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2029
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