Blacklisting In Employment: Addressing The Crimes Of The Past; Moving Towards Best Practice
HC 543, Sixth Report of Session 2013-14 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Scottish Affairs Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'Blacklisting In Employment: Addressing The Crimes Of The Past; Moving Towards Best Practice (HC 543)' sets out how firms that have been caught blacklisting can make amends, and how best practice can be taken forward to ensure that blacklisting is not allowed to reoccur; furthermore any firms that do not take the appropriate steps should be blacklisted, and barred from gaining any publicly funded work.
The Committee's previous report on blacklisting demonstrated the existence of an organised conspiracy by some construction firms, which denied employment to those workers who were seen as troublemakers, often because of their pursuit of trade union and health and safety issues.
This report recommends that firms that have been caught blacklisting must undertake a process of 'self-cleaning', including an admission of guilt, paying full compensation and taking other appropriate remedial steps. The levels of restitution should not be solely for the companies themselves to determine, but must be agreed after negotiations with the relevant trade unions and representatives of blacklisted workers.
There is a further issue in that many of those who were blacklisted have not yet been contacted and made aware of their status, and the Committee is still investigating ways in which 100% notification can be achieved.
The Committee has identified the contracts agreed between trade unions and the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) for the construction of its Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, as being best practice for the industry. The mechanisms they have developed for monitoring for health and safety, as well as the commitment to direct employment and the establishment of an employment brokerage, should be adopted as standard.
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