Saturday, 11 January 2014

Blacklist Support Group

January Newsletter

A few bits and pieces for early January:

1. Blacklist Compensation Scheme

We advise any blacklisted workers to have nothing to do with the employers blacklist compensation scheme - even if you are only interested in financial compensation, the final offer will be considerably better than the human rights abusing companies are offering at the moment. 

The High Court case is due back in court in mid April 2014 - so is likely to focus the minds of the companies when it comes to the compensation scheme. Watch this space for more updates. 

2. Blacklisting campaign honoured
The year long Crossrail dispute for the reinstatement of blacklisted and sacked UNITE shop steward Frank Morris has been named by Red Pepper magazine as one of the Top Success Stories of 2013. Well done Frank Morris, Well done UNITE, Well done everyone who helped in the campaign from across the globe.We are in good company because the other successes were the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign and the 3 Cosas. 

This recognition goes alongside the other awards won by the Blacklist Support Group for our campaigning. 

BSG have also won a Robert Tressell Award at the Construction Safety Campaign AGM an Alan Award for campaigners of the year at Hazards National Conference and were nominated and short-listed for human rights campaign of the year at the Liberty Awards. 

The awards are recognition for all the hard work put in by supporters across the country - thank you all very much - please give yourself a big pat on the back

Full story:

3. Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool
Blacklist Support Group protest 
Laing O'Rourke site at Alder Hey Hospital

East Prescot Road.

8.00am Saturday, January 18th

Laing O'Rourke are one of the leading blacklisting companies, are a defendant in the High Curt and are currently refusing trade union recognition on the project. Crown House (Laing O'Rourke's M&E subsidiary) left the JIB in 2012 and are the only major electrical company in the UK refusing to work under nationally agreed terms and conditions.

If you are in the NW region - please spread the word & join the NW Rank & File and the Blacklist Support Group for a big turn out

4. Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance
Blacklist Support Group is working alongside the family of Stephen Lawrence, the female activists sexually abused by undercover police, environmental and anti-racism campaigners calling for a full public enquiry into the role of police spies in subverting democratic legal protest movements. 

BSG have already submitted a complaint to the IPCC and are chasing other leads more details soon.  

5. News from America
The US version of the HSE has just levied a massive fine on a US company for blacklisting a trucker who took firm to court after an accident.
Why isn't the HSE taking legal action against British construction firms who blacklisted workers raising safety concerns and union safety reps? 

6. Reel News Film Night
Blacklisting Film and videos of other Red Pepper success stories from 2013
7:30pm Thurs 16th January
The Grosvenor
Sidney Road  

The videos produced by Reel News and circulated on social media are an integral part of the Blacklist Support Group campaigning - please support

7. Construction National Rank & File meeting
1pm Saturday 1st February 
Jurys Inn
Jamaica Street 
G1 4QG
Speakers include: Jackson Cullinane (UNITE), Louise Taggart (Families Against Corporate Killers), Dave Smith (BSG)

8. Next Time:
i. More from the blacklisting investigation being carried out by the Scottish Affairs Select Committee
ii. The judgement in the Smith v Carillion blacklisting case - can an agency worker win a claim against a firm that admits blacklisting him? 

Remember to join our facebook group for even more regular updates

Keep the Faith

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