Sunday, March 8, 2009

Comments made by contractors about blacklisted workers

Comments made by contractors who bought confidential data on workers from third party company The Consulting Association have been published by the Information Commissioners' Office.

The more than 40 construction companies who used TCA include Balfour Beatty, Taylor Woodrow and Costain.

Below is a selection of the comments made by contractors about the blacklisted workers.

“Communist party.”

“Poor time keeper. Will cause trouble.”

“A litigious person. Took [deleted] to tribunal citing Data Protection Act and discrimination. Asked for £10,000 to settle outside. £2,000 was offered and he eventually settled for £3,000. His CV is sound, so he is employable, but if taken on, he can be difficult.”


Comments made by contractors about blacklisted workers


“UCATT. Very bad news”

“Applied to [deleted] via agency for [deleted] project. Agency will say - 'job now filled' as their response to above.”

"Ex-shop steward. Definite problems. No go.”

“Would not be reconsidered by [deleted] following problems at [deleted] during week of 16 October 2006. One of 17 scaffolders and asbestos removers involved in urging fellow workers to walk off site. The issue centred on H&S, immigrant labour and possibly an attempt to influence 2007 wages negotiations.”

“Irish ex-army. Bad egg.”

“Caused problems on that site (lazy and a trouble stirrer).”

“Do not touch!!”

“A member of the TGWU and working for [deleted] in Luton. Claimed to be a 'sleeper' and should be watched.”

“Across the water - membership 1982.”

“Orchestrated strike action of 18 workers at [deleted]. About 200 positions on site filled by agency, but of these 18 workers were let go in favour of Polish immigrant workers. Issue was one of “British jobs for British workers”. The above general foreman was the leader who sucked the others, who were all easily led.”

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