Tuesday, 7 July 2009

David Williams welcomes plans to scrap blacklists

“It’s time to make the blacklisting of employees illegal”, said David Williams, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich.

The Government has launched a six-week consultation into the practice of creating or using blacklists. Some rogue employers use them to sack or not employ people for reasons that can be as innocent as belonging to a union.

David Williams is already campaigning with the Government against the National Staff Dismissal Register, run by a group called Action Against Business Crime. This blacklist includes details of shopworkers who have been dismissed or left their company for a range of reasons, whether they were guilty or not.

David Williams said, “No blacklist should be lawful, whether it identifies workers for their trade union activities or is based on conjecture about the honesty of individual employees.

“There is already a Criminal Records Bureau, which employers can check to ensure they are making safe appointments. The blacklisting of individuals where there has not been a prosecution or disciplinary action is grossly unfair; particularly when individuals are not aware they have been blacklisted.

“We live in a country where you are innocent until proven guilty. That is a point I will be making very strongly to Government in response to the consultation.”

Consultation on blacklisting

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