Jim McGovern calls on the Prime Minister to act against Blacklisting 

12 June 2013

Dundee West MP Jim McGovern today called on the Prime Minister to take action to ensure justice for the victims of Blacklisting, and to ensure that it does not happen again.

Mr McGovern referenced Monday night’s BBC Panorama programme which interviewed some of the victims and as well as the former the blacklist administer.

The programme also alleged that they had unearthed evidence that blacklisting was continuing in the construction industry.
 
The Member of Parliament asked the Prime Minister for a full public inquiry into the scandal so that the victims could achieve justice, and that future practices like this are avoided.

David Cameron said that he had not watched the Panorama program, but that he believed the changes introduced in the Employment Relations Act 1999 (Blacklists) Regulations 2010, which sought to outlaw keeping lists of employees due to trade union membership, now provide sufficient safeguards for the future.

This has been disputed by witnesses heard by the Scottish Affairs Select Committee. The Prime Minister made no mention of a public inquiry.

Jim McGovern said;

“The extent of this scandal is shocking.

"The Scottish Affairs Select Committee and now BBC Panorama have demonstrated just how damaging blacklisting was for the victims; livelihoods destroyed for no other reason than those people undertaking their democratic right to organise themselves and speak out against health and safety infringements, if that.”

“The Prime Minister’s response was disappointing.

"A full public inquiry is needed to get to the bottom of who knew what so that the victims can have justice done.”

“Blacklisting needs the full light of public attention shone on it, not further secrecy.”

“It has been made clear to those of us on the Scottish Affairs Select Committee that the new laws are too weak to stop this happening again.

"The BBC has also alleged that they have evidence showing it is going on now.

"This is a situation that demands action, not more dithering from this government.”

Mr McGovern concluded:

“I will be writing to the Prime Minister to follow up his disappointing response to urge him to take action.

 

"The Prime Minister needs to end his complacent attitude to this scandal and do something about it urgently.

click on the image above to watch the Panorama programme on Blacklisting on iPlayer

 

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