|Dundee Trades Council Leaflet|
I am delighted that the council spoke with one voice on this important issue. I will be asking council officers to keep me up to date about progress on tackling this human rights abuse. Unite held a protest outside the Scottish Parliament over Blacklisting recently please look at their video of the event which is above.
My speech condemning blacklisting can be seen below:
I am pleased to move the motion in my name on the papers in front of us
I believe that we should take a stance against blacklisting for a whole variety of reasons but mostly I want us to say that we are opposed to blacklisting and that we should try to prevent blacklisters from benefiting from public sector contracts because that is the fair thing to say.
The council has major financial clout in the city, we are one of the biggest employers in the city, and we are one of the biggest developers in the city. I don’t think that is a bad thing, but I do think that we should ensure that the City Council uses its financial clout to benefit the citizens of Dundee. That’s why we agree that we should be promoting local jobs and apprenticeship schemes for example.
There is growing evidence of the widespread nature of blacklisting; various trade unions have given evidence of this in recent times. The Scottish Affairs Select Committee in the House of Commons has done an excellent job of exposing this unfair practice. I want to pay tribute to their work, especially the work of my MP Jim McGovern.
Blacklisting is generally accepted to involve the termination of workers employment for issues not related to performance, including:
· Raising legitimate health and safety concerns;
· Being a member of a trade union;
· Being or having previously been an active trade union representative;
· Having worked at sites where some form if industrial action took place;
· Belonging to political parties whose ideas employers do not share; and
· The clandestine sharing of such workers names in order to deny access to future employment.
The question we have to ask ourselves tonight is this, is it fair that someone should lose their livelihood because of their trade union activity or because they have a concern for health and safety. Also if a company does indulge in these unfair and illegal practices should the public sector offer them any succour. Should we allow council tax payers money to be used to blacklist anyone?
I return to my original point this is about fairness. If we take a stand against the unfair practice of blacklisting then a strong message is going out from this council which will be added to the many similar calls being made up and down the country at this time.
I hope that we will speak with one voice this evening against blacklisting and I move the motion.