It is welcome that a number of unions raised and supported a motion regarding employers blacklisting workers at the Labour Party conference. And thankfully the Morning Star has repeatedly reported on the campaign to fight against the blacklist.
Any worker - especially in construction - who has the slightest inkling of crossing swords with their previous employer should contact the Information Commissioners Office and ask if they appear on the Consulting Association (CA) database.
As has been stated on many occasions, there are 3,213 names on the CA blacklist. But what is not known is that 280 of those on the blacklist almost 9 per cent have names only - and no other information no address, national insurance number, date of birth etc.
I know of a number colleagues who are in this position. So for example if A Smith was one such name this could have effected 100s if not 1000s of A Smiths through out the land seeking employment.
The CA's Ian Kerr would have been happy furnishing the information (at £2.30 a go) irrespective of whose employment prospects it damaged.
He got fined around £5,000 while he in the past had the power to bring misery on many workers and their families. He should be utterly ashamed of himself along with the 40 companies using this secret blacklist.
Blacklisting legislation must be introduced so that any company found breaking such laws the penalty would far outweigh the damage done to blacklisted workers lives.