Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Blacklisting boss faces unlimited fine

Consulting Agency boss Ian Kerr faces an unlimited fine after pleading guilty to charges under the Data Protection Act.

Kerr's trial today came after he was implicated in the sale of a "blacklist" of construction workers to contractors.

While blacklisting itself is not illegal, it was alleged that the Consulting Association had committed a criminal breach of the Data Protection Act for  failing to register with the Information Commissioner.

Kerr, who was tried in his absence today at Macclesfield Magistrates Court, will be sentenced at the Crown Court after magistrates decided that the £5,000 fine they could levy was “wholly inadequate”.

Alan Ritchie, general secretary of UCATT, said: “The magistrates decision should be applauded. Mr Kerr set out to ruin construction workers’ lives. He deserves the maximum possible sentence.”