Blacklisted : The Secret War Between Big Business and Union Activists

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The Consulting Association blacklist scandal was the worst human rights abuse of workers in the UK for 60 years. This book tells the new and controversial story of the covert illegal strategies that multinational construction companies were willing to resort to in their attempt to keep union activists away from their places of work. This is a story of a bitter unionised struggle, where spying and collusion with the police and security services resulted in victimisation, violence and long-term unemployment leading to the destruction of families and communities. Based on first hand accounts of the workers, Blacklisted reveals how they unionised major construction projects, how they were unlawfully victimised for their troubles and how they finally won justice for their years of pain. From building sites to the High Court and parliament, this is a story of ordinary working men taking on some of the most powerful multinational construction firms in the world: a modern-day David and more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745333974
  • 9780745333977

About Dave Smith

Dave Smith is a blacklisted union activist from the construction industry, and award winning campaigner on human rights, health & safety, anti-fascism and employment rights issues. He currently works as a trade union education tutor. Phil Chamberlain is an experienced investigative journalist who has written for the Guardian, Observer the Independent among others. He is also a senior lecturer in journalism at the University of the West of England, more

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Blacklisting destroyed the lives of many workers and their families over the years. It took courage and determination to stand up to it and expose its operation.This book makes a significant contribution to telling the truth of the blacklist. -- John McDonnell MPshow more

Table of contents

1. Consulting Association 2. Union Organising 3. Safety 4. Significant Disputes 5. Employment Law Remedies 6. State Collusion 7. Action on the Sites 8. High Court 9. Conclusion Notes Indexshow more

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