Laura Sharman 09 September 2013

TUC calls for a Leveson-style inquiry into blacklisting

The Government should hold an inquiry into the practice of blacklisting and ban those involved from bidding on public sector contracts, TUC is warning.

TUC has organised a national day of action against blacklisting on 20 November, calling for a Leveson-style inquiry into the practice. It wants all companies involved to apologise and compensate victims, and for blacklisting to be made a criminal offence.

TUC general secretary, Frances O'Grady, said: 'There is a clear need for a Leveson-style inquiry into blacklisting to make sure it is stamped out once and for all. It is essential that companies who have blacklisted workers own up, clean up and pay up.

'The Government cannot sit on the fence any longer. Blacklisting must be made a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment and an unlimited fine.'

Unite has also called on councils to take a zero approach to companies involved in blacklisting.

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