Crocodile Tears Second Leg 5 Mar 2015

5 March 2015

Managers shedding crocodile tears now for blacklisting of 3,213 workers won't wash, neither will the Nuremberg Defence of "just following superior orders” says GMB.

GMB will hold six further protest demonstrations in the second leg of a national “Crocodile Tears” Tour starting in Bristol on March 9th to shame 63 construction industry managers named as blacklisters who have yet to come clean and apologise for their actions. A third leg is planned for later this spring.

The second leg of the tour visits Bristol, Plymouth, Epsom, Cambridge, Derby and Bridgend There will be a person in a crocodile suit accompanied by union members with flags and banners and slogans “Nuremberg defence on blacklisting won’t wash” and “Blacklisters come clean”. The details for the six dates in the second leg and managers named are shown below. At some dates there will be a press briefing by authors of a new book to be published next week on Blacklisting. See notes to editors for the full list of these managers and where they worked.

There was hearing in the High Court in London on 13th February 2015 seeking compensation for 122 GMB members blacklisted by Carillion and other construction employers. The claims were served on 27th November 2013. GMB’s claims were joined with a further 449 claims by other unions and parties at a High Court Hearing in July 2014.

Talks between GMB and lawyers representing construction employers (Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and VINCI PLC) on a compensation scheme for 3,213 blacklisted workers broke down in June 2014 over the amount of money being put into the scheme by the employers. Employers have unilaterally launched a cut price scheme GMB estimates will cost less than 2% of the combined profits of the eight construction firms.

Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 the ICO seized The Consulting Association (TCA) database of 3,213 construction workers and environmental activists used by 44 companies to vet new recruits and keep out of employment trade union and health and safety activists.

So far 1,724 out of the 3,213 on the list know they are on blacklist. 467 were identified by themselves on by their unions. 570 cases are covered by claims in the High Court. ICO contacted direct a further 1,257 and of these 776 has now been sent a copy of their files. That leaves 1,489 still to trace. See notes to editors for details of where those blacklisted come from.

The dates for the second leg of the Crocodile Tears Tour are at 11 am each day as follows:

  • Bristol Monday 9th March, David Cochrane and Cullum McAlpine of Sir Robert McAlpine. Sir Robert McAlpine are mentioned 151 times in the blacklist files. Protest at Sir Robert McAlpine 100 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4TT?
  • Plymouth, Tuesday 10th March, Danny O’Sullivan Chairman of The Consulting Association 2000-2001 and Kier’s main contact with The Consulting Association. Kier are recorded as providing information to TCA, approximately 232 times. Protest at Kier: 27-37 Martin Street, Plymouth PL1 3NE
  • Epsom Wednesday 11th March, Gayle Burton: Costain - Costain have 313 mentions within the blacklist files, 162 of these with the initials GB (Gayle Burton) next to them. Protest at Epsom Downs Race Course, Surrey KT18 5LQ
  • Cambridge Thursday 12th March, Gordon Mills the Detective Chief Inspector with the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NETCU) who spoke at Woodstock Meeting in November 2008 to a select group of blacklisting companies. Protest at Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT
  • Derby Friday 13th March, Ron Barron the Human Resources Manager when working at CB&I which has 48 mentions in the blacklist files. Protest at CB&I: Stores Road, Derby, DE21 4BG
  • Bridgend Thursday 26th March, Stephen Quant the Human Resources Director of Skanska and Chairman of The Consulting Association from 2002-2003 and John Dickinson the Industrial Relations Manager at Skanska. Company have 236 mentions in the blacklist files. Protest at Skanska: 31 Old Field Road, Pencoed, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan CF35 5LJ

Justin Bowden, GMB national officer said, "These HR managers might have thought they had got away scot-free, so shedding crocodile tears now for the systematic blacklisting of 3,213 building workers and environmentalists won't wash, neither will the Nuremberg Defence of "just following superior orders".

These so-called HR Professionals who ran the blacklists for the construction companies knew exactly what they were doing and they need to either apologise, come clean and say what they did, or get used to accounting in public for the damage they did to those they blacklisted and their families, especially with the Public Inquiry Labour has pledged after the next election.

Just as the construction companies who paid their wages are being called to account in parliament, the courts and the media, every single one of these secret blacklisters will have their role dissected in public."

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Contact: Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or Maria Ludkin 07956 632 657 or GMB press office at 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

For information on High Court action contact Leigh Day: David Standard 07540 332717 or Michael Newman 0795 223 9358 or Chris Benson on 07795425649.

For people to identify more names on the blacklist call please call Phil Read at GMB on 07840 897997 or email him blacklisted@gmb.org.uk

Contact Dave Smith 07882 579 452 re Blacklist Support Group

Notes to Editors

1 Managers named as blacklisters- to be part of Crocodile Tears Tour 2014/15. (Most initial are from the files of those blacklisted.)

· Michael Aird (MA) - Balfour Kilpatrick - Glasgow

· Kathy Almansoor (KA) - Kier Group – Sandy, Bedfordshire

· Dave Aspinall (DA) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton

· Alan Audley (AA) – Vinci - Watford

· John Ball (JB) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton

· Ron Barron (RB) - CB & I – Tonbridge, Kent

· Valerie Bennison (VB) – Whessoe - Darlington

· Ernie Boswell (EB) - Kier Group – Sandy, Bedfordshire

· Richard Bull (RB) - HBG Construction (BAM) – Colindale, London

· Iain Coates (IC) – Emcor – Kew Bridge, Twickenham

· David Cochrane (DC) - Sir Robert McAlpine – Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

· Ann Cowrie (AC) - Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering - Edinburgh

· Tony Crowther – AMEC – Knutsford, Cheshire

· John Dangerfield (JD) - Balfour Beatty Scottish & Southern - Basingstoke, Hampshire

· Lynn Day (LD) - Cleveland Bridge UK – Darlington

· John Dickinson (JD) – Skanska – Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

· Frank Duggan (FD) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton

· John Edwards (JE) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton

· Kevin Gorman (KG) - Carillion / Crown House - Solihull

· Elaine Gallagher (EG) - Balfour Kilpatrick - Glasgow

· Gerry Harvey (GH) - Balfour Kilpatrick - Glasgow

· Roy Hay (RH) – Tarmac - Solihull

· David Hillman - Sir Robert McAlpine – Birmingham

· Keith Horner (KH) - Ballast Wiltshire

· Dianne Hughes (DH) – Tarmac / Crown House - Solihull

· Geoff Hughes (GH) – Costain – Maidenhead, Berkshire

· Greg Ingleton (GI) – Emcor – Kew Bridge, Twickenham

· Prue Jackson (PJ) - Haden Young - Watford

· Vince James (VJ) - Balfour Beatty Scottish & Southern – Basingstoke, Hampshire

· Armar Johnston (AJ) - Balfour Kilpatrick – Livingstone

· Liz Keates (LK) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton

· Sheila Knight (SK) – Emcor – Kew Bridge, Twickenham

· Ian Leake (IL) - Taylor Woodrow, Watford

· Tim Llewellyn (TL) - Walter Llewellyn & Sons Ltd, Eastbourne, East Sussex

· Alf Lucas (AL) – Mowlem

· Bridget May (BM) – Nuttall – Camberley, Surrey

· Cullum McAlpine - Sir Robert McAlpine – Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

· Paul McCreath (PM) - HBG Construction (BAM) – Colindale, London

· Steve McGuire (SM) - Morgan Est plc – Warrington

· John Morrison (JM) - Morrison Construction - Edinburgh

· Arnold Nestler (AN) - AMEC – Knutsford, Cheshire

· Lisa O’Mahoney (LOM) - Laing O’Rourke – Dartford, Kent

· Danny O’Sullivan (DOS) - Kier Group – Sandy, Bedfordshire

· Sandy Palmer (SP) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton

· Harry Pooley (HP) - Rosser & Russell - Watford

· Derek Price – Morgan Ashurst – Stratford upon Avon

· Stephen Quant (SQ) – Skanska – Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

· Paul Raby (PR) - Balfour Kilpatrick - Glasgow

· Murray Reid (MR) - NG Bailey – Ilkley, West Yorkshire

· Roger Robinson (RR) - Carillion / Crown House - Wolverhampton

· Sylvia Smith (SS) - Laing O’Rourke – Dartford, Kent

· Trevor Spice (TS) – Costain – Maidenhead, Berkshire

· Lisa Stevenson (LS) - Shepherd Engineering Services - York

· John Stoddart (JS) - SIAS Building Services - Keighley

· Alan Swift – Crown House Technologies - Manchester

· Pat Swift (PS) - BAM Nuttall - Guildford

· Alan Thorniley (AT) – Vinci - Watford

· Brian Tock (BT) - Carillion / Crown House - Solihull

· Ken Ward (KW) – Costain – Maidenhead, Berkshire

· Trevor Watchman (TW) - Balfour Beatty Major Projects – Redhill, Surrey

· Steve Wigmore – Crown House Technologies - Solihull

· Allison Wilkins – Skanska – Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

· Carolyn Williams (CW) - Haden Young - Watford

2 Where blacklisted workers came from.

Blacklisted workers – number in each area

Location

Number on the

blacklist

Location

Number on the

blacklist

Aberdeen City

14

Kent

95

Aberdeenshire

54

Kingston upon Hull

62

Anglesey

3

Lancashire

60

Angus

5

Leeds

53

Argyll & Bute

7

Leicestershire

5

Bath and North East Somerset

1

Lincolnshire

13

Bedfordshire

4

Manchester

183

Berkshire

2

Merseyside

173

Birmingham

69

Midlothian

3

Bristol

25

Monmouthshire

9

Buckinghamshire

20

Norfolk

7

Cambridgeshire

12

North Ayrshire

67

Cardiff

10

North Lanarkshire

22

Ceredigion

9

North Yorkshire

12

Cheshire

64

Northamptonshire

14

City of London

454

Northern Ireland

1

Clackmannanshire

3

Northumberland

7

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

3

Nottinghamshire

12

Cumbria

27

Orkney Islands

1

Denbighshire

34

Oxfordshire

8

Derbyshire

16

Perth & Kinross

2

Devon

19

Powys

2

Dorset

8

Redcar and Cleveland

43

Dumfries & Galloway

6

Renfrewshire

15

Dundee City

21

Rhondda Cynon Taf

2

Durham

11

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

3

East Ayrshire

18

Rotherham

56

East Lothian

1

Shropshire

2

East Riding of Yorkshire

16

Somerset

5

East Sussex

8

South Lanarkshire

16

Edinburgh, City of

52

Southern Ireland

1

Essex

57

Staffordshire

16

Falkirk

35

Stirling

7

Fife

24

Suffolk

9

Glasgow City

140

Surrey

32

Gloucestershire

32

Swansea

15

Gwynedd

12

Tyne & Wear

69

Hampshire

50

Warwickshire

1

Hereford & Worcester

3

West Dunbartonshire

8

Hertfordshire

14

West Lothian

12

Highland

15

West Sussex

11

Inverclyde

26

Wiltshire

5

Isle of Wight

1

Wokingham

10