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Trade unionists back fight against blacklisting

RMT DELEGATES gave their full backing yesterday to the vital fight against the national scandal of blacklisting.

Dave Smith of the Blacklist Support Group told conference that RMT members were among those targeted by disgraceful firms seeking to ruin the lives of workers who stand up for safety.

“The blacklisting of trade union reps goes beyond victimisation. Some can no longer get a job,” he said.

“This shouldn’t come as a surprise, it’s not anything new. This is labour versus capital, that’s how it’s always worked.

“But we’re not going to be prepared to be called victims.

“I call myself a trade unionist and as a trade unionist we will fight back.”

Mr Smith told delegates that he was blacklisted just for being elected a safety rep and that his blacklist file is 36 pages long.

“They’ve even got something on my wife and brother, who have absolutely nothing to do with it,” he said.

As well as committing themselves to the blacklist battle, delegates also pledged to fight to clear the names of the Shrewsbury 24 pickets.

They noted that both represent the victimisation of trade unionists carrying out their duties.

Liverpool conductor William Kimm said: “The Shrewsbury 24 were 24 men doing what we’ve all done — they went out on strike.

“They weren’t criminals. They weren’t gangsters. They were just a group of people trying to get a decent day’s pay for a hard day’s work.

“All they want is for their sentences to be overturned. They want the truth to come out.”

Conference made the Shrewsbury 24 pickets honorary members of the union, and also agreed to sponsor the Blacklist Support Group.

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