“Blacklist” of construction workers exposed

Jeremy Phillips

A report in today’s Telegraph reveals that around 40 British building firms, including household names like Balfour Beatty and Sir Robert McAlpine, face legal action after the discovery of a list of 3,200 “blacklisted” workers. This list, reportedly containing details of Midlands construction workers who were involved in trade union disputes and employment tribunals from the 1990s onwards, is said to have been found by officials from the Information Commissioner’s Office following a raid on the Worcestershire offices of a private consultant last month.

Right: Bob the Builder — not known as a union activist

Ian Kerr, believed to be a former detective, is said to have compiled this list to vet potential recruits in order to ensure they had no record of industrial activism. He now faces charges under the Data Protection Act. The Office of the Information Commissioner says it will also name those firms that paid Mr Kerr for his work: they face further regulatory action.

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