Unions have claimed that builders found to be complaining about work have been blacklisted by developers! So there goes the apprentice’s then…
According to the union, employers have been circulating the details of workers who have taken part in trade union activity. This is in order to prevent them from being hired elsewhere.
Not to fear though, a warning has now been issued to large construction companies, agencies and contractors. Within this, it has been stated that if this continues, strikes, along with legal action, will be taken. This was issued by construction union Unite along with support from Siptu.
In a letter signed by members of both unions, it was stated: “Both unions condemn the practice of blacklisting individual workers.”
“There are individual workers who have been subject to discrimination and it must stop now.”
“We are putting on notice any employer who we believe to be engaged in this obnoxious behaviour will face a united action against them.”
Unite’s regional officer described, “Blacklisting has been a feature of the construction industry for a long time but it has reappeared again in Ireland in the last year where people were involved in a crane dispute.”
“Unlike other industries where there are disputes with workers, construction workers can be blacklisted by being asked to work in sites that are far away or not being offered further work once a project is completed.”
“When employers join together to victimise workers, unions must join together to defend them.”
“And that is what both unions are doing in the face of the current scourge of blacklisting.”
He also added that further laws need to be put in place to prevent this kind of thing from happening in the future. Already, there are certain protection laws in relation to discrimination. However, further laws are now being called for blacklisting to be made a crime that results in a fine and public criticism.
When there are laws against wolf whistling and working times, surely there should be one for this? I mean, there’s even a law against placing a stamp upside down! Apparently, in the eyes of the law, this is classed as treason!
But what do you think of this? Have you ever been blacklisted? Let us know in the comments below.