Jim McGovern  welcomes Announcement on Blacklisting Compensation  

11 October 2013

Jim McGovern MP for Dundee West today welcomed the announcement by construction companies to compensate workers who were placed on blacklists.

Mr McGovern said, “As a member of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee which launched an inquiry into blacklisting last year, we took evidence from a range of industry experts, workers including workers from Dundee and companies.

“I raised the case of Syd Scroggie, a well known Dundonian who lost his sight and his legs while serving in the armed forces in the second world war and who found himself placed on a blacklist because he wrote a letter to the local press congratulating the then Dundee District Council for purchasing an oil painting of Nelson Mandela for the city.”

Mr McGovern continued,

“It was a great privilege to have been able to address the UK’s first anti-blacklisting rally which was held here in Dundee highlighting the difficulties that this practice still has on many working people’s lives.

“I was also glad to see that Dundee City Council passed a motion tabled by Councillor Richard McCready that stops council funding going to companies who remain involved in the practice.”

Mr McGovern concluded, “I look forward to hearing in the near future the exact details of this scheme and I trust that the companies in question will take into account the real hardship they have so wrongly placed on workers and families.”