CARILLION SWINDON DISPUTE HR DIRECTOR LINK TO BLACKLISTING OF TRADE UNIONISTS EMERGES AS POSSIBLE REASON FOR DELAY IN RESOLVING HOSPITAL DISPUTE
GMB has found out that the senior Carillion HR manager involved in the Swindon dispute was the HR manager that for Carillion dealt with the blacklisting organisation that led to the exclusion of thousands of trade unionist from employment.
Dave Smith, a trade unionist who was blacklisted by his employer Carillion, and who has been invited to address a rally in support of the GMB members on strike at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, has advised GMB about the activities of a Carillion HR manager involved with the Swindon dispute in his own blacklisting.
From Dave Smith GMB has learned that a London Employment Tribunal in January was presented with evidence that Liz Keates the Carillion HR Director involved in the dispute at Swindon managed Carillion’s relationship with the Consulting Association. This was the body that was responsible for the ‘blacklisting’ 3,200 construction workers and excluding them from employment because of their trade union activities.
In February 2009 officers from the Information Commissioners Office seized documents which made clear that the Consulting Association was operating a blacklist of trade unionists on behalf of major companies in the construction industry including Carillion. There has since been an admission by Carillion that two of its subsidiaries had ‘penalised’ Dave Smith for being a trade unionist.
Liz Keates was also implicated in events in Manchester, as Daf manageing director, Michael Fahey gave evidence under oath at an employment tribunal that Liz Keates, acting in her capacity as Carillion HR director was present at a meeting which allegedly conspired to refuse to allow electricians onto the Law Courts site, due to their repuation as trade union activists.
GMB members are now on the eleventh day of strike action at Great Western Hospital in Swindon. They will return to work at midnight tonight and a further seven day stoppage will take place from Saturday 17th March to Friday 23rd March.
A St Patrick’s Day march and rally will be held in support of the strikers who at the start of the a further seven days strike. The details are as follows:
Assemble 11:15 am, Saturday 17th March
Swindon SN1 2AN