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24 March 2009

MPs move to stamp out blacklisting [UK]

Author: Rhiannon Hoyle, Construction News

Employment Minister Pat McFadden has told fellow MPs the matter of blacklisting in the construction industry needs to be dealt with “diligently and speedily”. In a debate in the House of Commons last night Mr McFadden confirmed the Consulting...

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Company non-response
18 March 2009

Costain did not respond to: More than 40 construction firms allegedly bought personal data on workers to blacklist job applicants, including details of trade union activities.

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6 March 2009

'Do not touch' - the covert database that kept union activists out of work

Author: Rob Evans & Phil Chamberlain, Guardian [UK]

Ian Kerr told the Guardian that he never gave advice or judgments to companies about whether to give a job to an individual as it was up to the firms to make the final decision. Many building firms did not wish to comment yesterday, but others did...

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6 March 2009

Firms bought secret personal data on staff - privacy chief [UK]

Author: Rob Evans & Phil Chamberlain, Guardian [UK]

More than 40 major British companies face legal action for allegedly buying secret personal data about thousands of workers they wanted to vet before employing them...[A]n investigation by [the Information Commissioner's Office]...was sparked by fears...

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1 January 2005

In the firing line

Author: Hazards [Trade Unions Congress magazine]

Britain's safety laws need improving to protect lives. At the moment they can't even protect the jobs of people raising safety concerns. [refers to Costain, Connex (part of Veolia Environnement), South West Trains (part of Stagecoach Group), Midland...

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1 January 2005

UK: 1500 workers fired since 1999 for refusing dangerous tasks

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21 July 2003

Gantry fall deaths 'unlawful' [UK]

Author: BBC News

Costain Ltd and Kvaerner Cleveland Bridge Ltd - now known as Yarm Road Ltd - were prosecuted under the Health and Safety Act following the deaths.

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