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Balfour admits Olympic site construction blacklist

Issue No. 2337

Balfour Beatty has confirmed it used a blacklist on prospective Olympic workers.

Sir Robert McAlpine Limited and Skanska both continue to deny any blacklisting on the Olympics.

Between 2008-2009 both Skanska and Sir Robert McAlpine were each invoiced in excess of £28,000 by the Consulting Association (CA) for checking names of prospective workers against the illegal blacklist.

These are the highest invoices paid by any firm subscribing to the CA blacklist.

This coincides exactly with the mass recruitment stage of the Olympics project. At £2.20 per check, this equates to over 25,000 workers being checked against the blacklist by the two Olympics builders.

Steve Acheson from the Blacklist Support Group said, “Workers were sacked from the Olympics and others were denied employment because of the blacklist.”

Blacklisted worker Dave Smith told Socialist Worker, “We have been told that we should keep a dignified silence until the lawyers and the politicians expose the truth.

“These respectable businessmen took food off my table and stopped my kids going on school trips.

“This is personal and I have no intention of keeping quiet.”

The Labour Party is to demand an investigation into the full extent of blacklisting during a House of Commons debate this week.

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Tue 22 Jan 2013, 17:05 GMT
Issue No. 2337
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