Companies behind the secret blacklist in construction will escape scot free.
Ian Kerr was fined £5,000 last week for operating the list after pleading guilty to breaking the Data Protection Act.
But the companies behind the list – including Balfour Beatty, Sir Robert McAlpine, Costain and Laing O’Rourke – have not broken any laws. This is despite the fact the list was used to bar thousands of trade unionists from work.
More than 40 companies gave Kerr’s agency a total of £600,000 over the past five years. The companies provided up to 90 percent of the blacklist’s information.
The case was moved to a crown court after the magistrate at the original trial said the maximum fine of £5,000 was “grossly inadequate”.
Apparently, the crown court judge did not agree.