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18/04/2013 - Pressure mounts on blacklists

Pressure is mounting for action on blacklisting. At the recetnt STUC conference in Perth the Scottish government was challenged to ban private companies which avoid tax and use blacklisting services from any public contracts.

 

Re-elected Unite general secretary Len McCluskey told delegates that the practice of blacklisting was a "national disgrace that has ruined lives and indelibly stained our construction industry, its biggest employers and successive governments.

 

"We call on the Scottish government to use their public procurement to ensure that those employers who continue to practice blacklisting are banned from tendering for future public contracts," he said.

 

Mr McCluskey endorsed the work of Neil Findlay MSP and his call for the establishment of an independent public inquiry into blacklisting in Scotland.

"We believe it's unacceptable for the SNP to play the waiting game when they can act now," he said.

 

Patrick Harrington of Solidarity commented: "Unions are right to highlight the lack of action by the Scottish government on blacklisting. No one should be denied work because they are members of a Trade Union. Those firms who engage in or support such practices should not be awarded public contracts. Comments from the STUC are a welcome addition to the mounting pressure for action against the blacklisters."