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BBC interviews blacklister

Issue No. 2357

The blacklisting of construction workers finally made it onto television this week as the BBC’s Panorama interviewed Mary Kerr, the book-keeper for blacklisters. 

Major construction firms such as Laing, Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, Balfour Beatty and Amec secretly paid to send the names of thousands of workers to the Consulting Association. 

The only remorse Kerr showed was the claim that her blacklisting husband Ian was killed by the “stress”.

Dave Smith for the Blacklist Support Group said, “The Panorama evidence is damning. Blacklisting is not some historic issue—it is happening today on Crossrail, the largest publicly funded project in the UK. 

“Yet the blacklisting firms continue to act as if they are above the law. If phone hacking deserved a full public inquiry, why should blacklisted workers be any different?”

A protest was taking place against blacklisting on Crossrail and to reinstate Frank Morris in central London as Socialist Worker went to press.

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Tue 11 Jun 2013, 17:35 BST
Issue No. 2357
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