The police were involved with the illegal Consulting Association blacklist of trade unionists in the construction industry. The Independent Police Complaints Commission admitted, “It was likely that all Special Branches were involved in providing information about potential employees”.
Senior officers from the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (Nectu) attended secret Consulting Association meetings. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) confirmed that it holds “notes of a Nectu meeting which are dated November 2008. “It is unclear whether this is a formal minutes or just notes taken by an attendee at the time or afterwards.” The ICO has refused to hand over the file.
Blacklisting campaigners believe that the police officer who gave the presentation at the meeting was Superintendent Steve Pearl. Pearl is currently director of Agenda Security Services which provides employment vetting. The Blacklist Support Group said, “Blacklisting is no longer an industrial relations issue. It is a conspiracy between multinational construction firms, the police and the security services.”