NICOLA STURGEON was accused of failing to back trade union rights yesterday by visiting the site of a new hospital being built by a firm involved in blacklisting.
At the site in Dumfries visited by Scotland’s First Minister, a consortium led by blacklisting firm Laing O’Rourke is building the publicly funded hospital.
The Unite union says the company has admitted blacklisting union members in the past and has repeatedly failed to give union representatives proper access to the site. Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “The First Minister can’t claim to be ignorant of the situation at Dumfries.
“Our predecessor union Ucatt has staged demonstrations at the site over the last few months and secured questions on the issue in Parliament.
“The Scottish government needs to make sure that the public purse isn’t used to support companies who exploit workers and try to undermine their trade union rights.”