Blacklisting debate in parliament 

August 30, 2017
  1. Blacklisting debate in parliament

5th September 2017 – 1:30pm

Westminster Hall

Houses of Parliament


Blacklisting will be debated again by MPs in parliament in September after Chuka Umunna secured a Westminster Hall debate. This parliamentary procedure will last around 90 minutes and allows Chuka and other MPs who attend to ask questions of the government minister. This is an excellent opportunity to contact your own MP to ask them to attend the debate and raise issues such as ongoing contemporary blacklisting, a public inquiry or why public sector contracts are still being awarded to blacklist firms.


Roy Bentham, BSG joint secretary and blacklisted carpenter from Merseyside commented:

“Despite the human rights conspiracy being exposed in the High Court, blacklisting has never gone away. Many union members continue to be barred from major construction projects right now in 2017. As someone who fell foul of contemporary blacklisting recently by Carillion on the Liverpool Royal Hospital, this parliamentary debate is most welcome. But the time for talking is over, what we need is action”.


Blacklist Support Group will be attending – assemble 12:30pm outside the public entrance to parliament for any press photos etc..
Please Note: Westminster Hall debates take place in the Grand Committee Room off of Westminster Hall, NOT the chamber of the House of Commons.


  1. Unite instruct a barrister to review documentary evidence of possible union collusion in blacklisting


BSG believe that this is a vital first step in the right direction. Well done to everyone who has fought for this over the years, including all those signed the original Open Letter and the UNITE EC members who raised it at the highest level of the union.

Our original Open Letter calling for an independent investigation:

Len McCluskey’s response in The Guardian:


  1. Spycops

Have the Met Police got no shame?

Helen Steel tells Met “I’m not paying £7,000 for your spycops cover up”


‘Andrea’ on spycops attempts to avoid giving evidence in public to public inquiry:


Ricky Tomlinson on spycops targeting unions & Shrewsbury Pickets:


Spycops fringe meeting at Labour Party conference co-hosted by Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers & Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance.

Monday 25th September 7pm

Speakers include: Richard Burgon MP – Helen Steel – Dave Smith



  1. The only trade unionist on the Equalities & Human Rights Commission has been sacked by the Tory minister – solidarity with Sarah Veale


  1. Heather Heyer R.I.P.

A heroic trade union comrade murdered by Nazis in Charlottesville. Blacklist Support Group send solidarity to all those standing up to white supremacist ideology and will support anti-fascists against the BNP, NF and EDL in the UK.


  1. Dates for the diary

Sun Sept 10th 1pm

National Shop Stewards Network TUC Congress rally – speakers include John McDonnell

Holiday Inn, Brighton


Sat 23rd September

Haringey Council are working in partnership with blacklist firm Lend Lease in a £2BILLION regeneration project

March against social cleansing


Monday 25th September 7pm

Spycops fringe meeting at Labour Party conference

Speakers include: Richard Burgon MP – Helen Steel – Dave Smith



27th September

Precarious workers fight back – London protest to coincide with the Uber appeal against ‘workers rights’ decision

Employment Appeal Tribunal,  EC4Y 0DS London, United Kingdom


20th October

Trade Union Pale Ale celebrates the centenary of the Russian Revolution – music from Joe Solo

Kings Arms, Salford


31st October

Orgreave Truth & Justice demo – speakers include: Roy Bentham




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