United Kingdom -Skanska director checked every worker -March 5, 2013

The scandal around the blacklisting of trade union activists reveals every day new facts. In a recent evidence session it came out that Skanska’s former director of Industrial Relations blacklisted every electrician employed on the Jubilee Line project. In one example a worker was subsequently denied work on 15 occasions due to having been blacklisted. Blacklisting activities were specifically targeted at workers employed by sub-contractors rather than those who were employed directly by Skanska. Workers for a sub-contractor completed a ‘pre-induction questionnaire’ which was then sent to the Consulting Association. If a name was flagged up, ‘a decision was made whether to let the person on [site] or not’. If Skanska’s decision was not to allow the person on to the site the sub-contractor was phoned and told of the decision. In the final years of the Consulting Association’s existence Skanska made 66,000 blacklisting checks and 8 of the company’s 12 units used the Consulting Association.

English: https://www.ucatt.org.uk/article.php?group_id=1915


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