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Dudley Council launches crackdown on companies who blacklist workers
2:00pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
DUDLEY Council is to crackdown on companies who blacklist union members and whistleblowers by keeping an eye on contracts.
The authority is determined to stamp out blacklisting, where companies ban people from working for them if they are in a union or have reported bad practices like health and safety breaches.
Council chiefs say they will consider terminating contracts with firms who use blacklists to ensure no workers suffer discrimination.
Councillor Pete Lowe, Dudley cabinet member for finance and deputy leader of the council, said: “We work with a number of big contractors on projects across the borough and it is very important we employ only the most reputable ones. Clearly blacklisting union members from working with these companies is not acceptable and we want to ensure that this does not happen in Dudley.
“As part of contract monitoring will ensure that we only take on the most reputable firms to work with us.”
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is calling on the government to go further by forcing compaines to compensate victims of blacklisting and, after a judge-led enquiry, to outlaw the practice.
TUC general secretary, Frances O'Grady, said: "Blacklisting is a shameful practice that has no place in a modern society. It causes misery for those blacklisted and their families and it puts lives at risk. It is scandalous that so many people's livelihoods have been ruined or put at risk just for raising health and safety concerns.
"The government cannot sit on the fence any longer. Blacklisting must be made a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment and an unlimited fine."
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