GMB calls for national inquiry into blacklisting

The GMB has called for a public enquiry into blacklisting following the Metropolitan Police’s admission of their role in the scandal.

Scotland Yard yesterday admitted Special Branch officers passed information to a controversial network that blacklisted construction workers.

GMB national secretary Justin Bowden said: “The secret blacklisting of 3,213 construction workers and environmentalists was the greatest employment scandal in 50 years.

“When in 2013 GMB launched the first high court claims on behalf of those blacklisted there were many in the establishment who said we were paranoid conspiracy theorists.

“Admission by the police that they were directly and deeply involved in denying ordinary working people – who in many cases had done little more than raise health and safety concerns – from work and the chance to support themselves and their families is a constitutional crisis that can only be properly addressed by a full, independent public enquiry as GMB has long maintained.

“This admission too raises some serious questions regarding other connected cases.”

Unite said yesterday it was considering launching legal action over the situation.

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