Unite has renewed its call for a full public inquiry into the scandal of blacklisting construction workers, following new evidence that demonstrates that the police and security services were involved in the blacklisting of workers on an ‘industrial scale’.
As part of the public inquiry into undercover policing the Creedon Report into Operation Reuben was released to the Blacklist Support Group, which has core participant status in that inquiry.
The Creedon Report reveals that Police, including the Special Branch and the security services supplied information to the blacklist funded by the country’s major construction firms, The Consulting Association.
It also discloses that the Special Branch throughout the UK had direct contact with the Economic League, and that the Metropolitan Police Special Branch Industrial Unit spied on union members “from teaching to the docks, attending conferences, and protests personally, and also developing well-placed confidential contacts”.
The report also says that undercover police officer Mark Jenner, who infiltrated the construction union Ucatt, gathered intelligence on “over 300 individuals”.
It also reveals that police sharing information with big business and other bodies about prospective employees continues to this day, through the Industrial Liaison Section within the National Domestic Extremism Unit.
Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “The latest revelations underline why it is imperative there is a full public inquiry into the blacklisting scandal”.
“Ten years after the blacklisting scandal was first revealed new information is still being unearthed, these documents expose that the police were working hand-in-glove with the blacklisters for decades”, he explained.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that we will not get full transparency about the scandal until there is a public inquiry. The government’s refusal to order an inquiry is becoming increasingly untenable”, he said.
Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “The blacklisting of construction workers by the police is nothing short of criminal. (…) The latest revelations demonstrate that this was not a one-off, or the actions of a rogue individual, but there was collusion between the blacklisters and the police on an industrial scale for decades. (…) “Workers and trade unionists will be alarmed at these revelations and there need to be strict legal measures introduced to ensure that police collusion into blacklisting can never re-occur.”
(Information provided by Unite The Union) – Photos: Pixabay