United Kingdom -Law does not protect agency workers -January 22, 2014

A High Court judge ruled that a safety rep from trade union UCATT blacklisted for his safety activities was treated unjustly, but the worker has no legal redress because he was an agency employee. Dave Smith, a founder member of the Blacklist Support Group, was repeatedly dismissed and refused work after his name appeared on a blacklist (see several items in our database www.cbnarchive.eu). A large file held by the blacklisting company, The Consulting Association-TCA, itemises concerns raised by the safety rep about asbestos, poor toilet facilities and contaminated waste on building sites controlled by Carillion companies. The judge identified human rights violations and expressed concern that Smith had ‘suffered an injustice from blacklisting’, but said that UK employment law does not protect agency workers.

English: http://www.hazards.org/blacklistblog/2014/01/22/blacklisting-case-highlights ...

 

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