University sacks blacklist cop

Blacklist protestors in Oxford Street, February 2015

Blacklist protestors in Oxford Street, February 2015

Anglia Ruskin University has confirmed it will no longer employ former DCI Gordon Mills after he was exposed as one of the senior police officers who colluded with the illegal Consulting Association, responsible for the blacklisting of trade unionists in the construction industry.

Gordon Mills was the Detective Chief Inspector from the undercover police spying group known as the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NETCU) who in November 2008, gave a Powerpoint presentation at a meeting of the illegal blacklisting organisation.

The information was exposed by John McDonnell MP in a Parliamentary letter to Teresa May and in the Blacklisted book by Dave Smith and Phil Chamberlain published this week.

According to the GMB, a “select group” of companies at the meeting where DCI Gordon Mills spoke at Vinci (Mike Harrison), Amec (Tony Crowther), SIAS Building Services, Vinci (Alan Audley), Skanska (Bob Chapman), Sir Robert McAlpine (David Hillman) and a representative from Emcor.

The union had planned a protest at ARU today but lawyers for ARU yesterday wrote to GMB general secretary Paul Kenny confirming that although the ex-police officer had previously been employed as a part-time lecturer to teach students at their Cambridge campus, “Anglia Ruskin University, at this time, has no intentions of employing Mr. Gordon Mills in any capacity”.

Blacklisted workers and campaigners hailed the ARU decision as a massive victory.

Frank Smith, Blacklist Support Group blacklisted bricklayer, spied on by undercover police said: “I was under surveillance by the illegal blacklist and hounded by undercover police officers for years. It devastated my work and my private life.

“This undemocratic conspiracy between big business and the state has ruined the working lives of thousands of honest hardworking people, who have done nothing more than stand up for their basic rights at work. I will not shed a tear at the loss of this particular job”.

GMB national officer Justin Bowden said: ‘Gordon Mills, an ex Cambridgeshire policeman, might have thought he had got away scot-free with his links to the blacklisters, so shedding crocodile tears now for the systematic blacklisting of 3,213 building workers and environmentalists won’t wash, neither will the Nuremberg Defence of ‘just following superior orders’.

“These so-called HR professionals and police who helped them run the blacklists for the construction companies knew exactly what they were doing. They need to either apologise, come clean and say what they did, or get used to accounting in public for the damage they did to those they blacklisted and their families, especially with the Public Inquiry that Labour has pledged after the next election.

“Just as the construction companies who paid their wages are being called to account in Parliament, the courts and the media, every single one of these secret blacklisters will have their role dissected in public.”

Lois Austin, Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance, said: “Having orchestrated a sustained range of counter-democratic campaigns and breached fundamental rights of citizens, the officers who ran the disgraced political secret police units are uniquely unqualified to be teaching on their subject. As their colleagues still on the force are suspended and a full scale public inquiry is pending, we should expect to see these people held to account and prosecuted. Gordon Mills’ career with NETCU should be in universities, but only as a case study of how wrong things can go”.

Steve Hedley, RMT Assistant General Secretary, blacklisted and spied on by undercover police officers said: ” At last justice has been served after a fashion, we applaud Angila Ruskin University’s decision regarding Gordon Mills, who made a living spying on activists and preventing many from getting work. Who knows whether he continued his unsavoury activities spying on student activists and possibly blighting their future employment prospects?”