Lucy Parker

Apologies . 2016

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The construction industry blacklist contained 3213 files on individual workers. It was operated by The Consulting Association, a secretive anti-union operation established in 1992 by Sir Robert McAlpine Plc with directors of several other major construction firms. Subscriber companies paid to access files on job applicants identified as “troublemakers”, which included details of disputes over health and safety and unpaid wages, as well as involvement in political campaigns unrelated to the workplace. Once included on the list all trade union and political activities were recorded, and often long periods of unemployment ensued. It cost £2.20 to check if someone was on the list, McAlpines spent £28,000 in 1992.


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