'El pacto de hambre', lockout or blacklist

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bryan bamford nv
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Feb 22 2006 16:59
'El pacto de hambre', lockout or blacklist

The 20th Century opened in Barcelona with a 'pacto de hambre' or lockout or blacklist, in which trade union activists were refuse employment by an agreement of the Barcelona bosses. This tactic of the Barcelona bosses was used again after the Semana Tragica (Tragic Week) of 1909 and the formation of the CNT.

Now in Manchester we believe we have evidence of a plot by the big bosses in the building trade to smash resistance by workers on the sites with a hunger pact or in Catalan: 'pacti de la fame'. The fact that Steve Acheson was yesterday was put on notice on the Royal Manchester Infirmary site to finish work on Friday of this week represent a serious threat to the labour movement (see Manchester electricians thread on the North West regional forum).

Steve Acheson was one of the victimised and sacked shop stewards in the Daf dispute at Number One Piccadilly, Manchester and the Manchester Law Courts. That dispute had serious consequencies in the North West and resulted in the publication of the North West Cowboy and an important case at the Industrial Tribunal in which the Daf bosses exposed a blacklist operating against local electricians.

But Steve Acheson is important for another reason. It was his case brought against the bosses in the south of England which became a landmark case. The case of Acheson & others brought against the bosses at the Appeal Court overturn the assumption that electricians working in contracting couldn't take their boss to the Industrial Tribunal. Hitherto, it had been thought that if a contracting electrician had a complaint against his boss that he had to go to the Joint Industry Board on which sat the Electrical Contracting Association. In the 1990s the Acheson case overthrew this and henceforth contracting electricians could take out cases against their bosses at the Industrial Tribunals.

The JIB and the Electrical Contracting Association have never forgiven Steve for that. Now when this January Balfour-Kirkpatrick discovered that Steve had a job on the Manchester Infirmary site they put pressure on the sub-contractors - TAC & Logic - who had employed Steve to sack him. At first it seems they resisted, but this month Balfour put pressure on Bovis the main contractor on the MIR site and now it looks like Steve will be out of a job by weekend.

This is serious and readers of this thread and the North West thread will be reading this before anyone else as Steve only got his notice yesterday. Fortunately, though the left in the North West is as ineffective as elsewhere in the country: the CP being all but dead and the SWP performing tricks on Big Brother; the Nanistas at least have some roots in the local working class and a belief in rank & file action.

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Feb 22 2006 20:47

It would be nice to have some actual facts like what they told him he was being sacked for and whether or not his fellow workers were planning anything to support him. Also a less unintelligible title would have been better.

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Mar 2 2006 13:22

Billy 'NO WORK!' was the reason for the sacking as it was given by the sub-contractor and I hope the report below, that also appears on the North West Regional Forum, answers your other question:

Steve Acheson finished work on the Manchester Royal Infirmary site on Friday last. On Monday some of us turned out on picket in support of Steve at about 7am outside the MRI main gate. By 8am the site boss from Bovis - the main MRI site contractor - came out to talk to Steve. Bovis claimed they didn't know anything about the sacking - which appears to have been prompted by Balfour-Kirkpartick: one of the major firms contracted to do work on the site by Bovis.

At 8.30am we were invited into the site canteen and bought tea and coffee by the Bovis boss. Then when the Big Cheese from Bovis arrived from London at 11am discussions began between we presume the interested parties. Neither Steve nor any of us were allowed into the discussions because, it seems only the UCCAT trade union rep. is recognised. Steve and the rest of the pickets were T&G.

The outcome was that Steve got his job back with LOGIC - the sub-contracting firm who were forced to sack him. And Steve will be paid for the Monday. We'll just have to wait and see what happens next.

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Mar 23 2006 14:49

Report came thru to Northern Voices yesterday that a former managing director Alan Wainwright, possibly a disgruntled employee in the building trade, has posted a blog on the world wide web listing what he claims to be a blacklist of building workers. This blacklist, our source tells us, includes workers involved in various historical disputes in the UK: including those involved in the Phizer dispute; which took place in Kent 6 years ago.

Will update as soon as more info is available.

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Mar 23 2006 15:08

Any idea where the blog is?

bryan bamford nv
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Mar 27 2006 14:13

Saii I've just got the blacklist blog details & I'll try to email them to you.

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Mar 27 2006 14:26

CONTENTS OF ELECTRICIANS' BLACKLIST:

ABOUT ME:

My name is Alan Wainwright and over the last fifteen years I've held three very senior labour related positions within the UK Construction Industry (mechanical and electrical sector). In 1993 I was recruited by the now Executive Director of Carillion PLC (formerly Tarmac), Roger Robinson to set up their ‘in house’ mechanical and electrical labour agency NCS (now Sky Blue). Two years later, Roger promoted me to the position of National Labour Manager for their mechanical and electrical services business, Crown House Engineering. I left the company in 2000 to join Emcor PLC's mechanical and electrical subsidiary, Drake & Scull Engineering as Business Improvement Director. In 2004 I joined Balfour Beatty PLC's mechanical and electrical subsidiary, Haden Young Limited as Regional Production and Resources Manager for the Midlands and Southern Region.

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Mar 27 2006 14:28

Q: ARE YOU A BLACKLISTED ELECTRICIAN ?

I have reasonable grounds to believe that certain UK construction companies and their mechanical and electrical subsidiaries operate a blacklisting procedure to ensure certain electrical operatives do not gain employment on their projects. This is based on procedures I have undertaken in the workplace in previous roles and information that has come to my direct attention. Over the coming weeks and months I will be exposing these procedures and publishing information in respect of my former employer HADEN YOUNG LIMITED and another BALFOUR BEATTY PLC mechanical and electrical subsidiary BALFOUR KILPATRICK. This includes lists of electricians employed by Balfour Kilpatrick at the ROYAL OPERA HOUSE and PFIZER projects during and prior to 2000, that were passed on to Drake and Scull Engineering at the time. This information was passed on with a view to preventing some of the electricians from gaining employment on future Drake and Scull Engineering projects and was circulated to the Drake and Scull Engineering regional labour managers. I am currently in the process of taking my former employer Haden Young Limited to a tribunal for Constructive Dismissal and will also be providing proof to the hearing that they too operate a blacklisting procedure within the business. I am therefore very interested to hear from any electricians, especially those on the lists, who have experienced difficulty in gaining or maintaining employment on any Carillion plc, Crown House Engineering, Drake and Scull Engineering, Balfour Beatty plc, Balfour Kilpatrick, Haden Young or any other project over the last six years. This can extend to exclusion from being employed by a sub-contractor of any of the above on any of their projects. Contact can be made using the e-mail link in the 'view my complete profile' section. SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE FOR THE LISTS

posted by Alan @ Thursday, March 23, 2006 0 comments

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Mar 27 2006 14:31

16 Months out of work

I was contacted earlier today by a JIB graded approved electrician who informed me that he had fairly recently spent sixteen months unable to gain work as an electrician. He also informed me that he had made over two hundred and fifty applications to electrical companies during the period.

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Mar 27 2006 14:35

JUBILEE LINE EXTENSION PROJECT LIST

Jubilee Line Extension Project List

The following list was also circulated to the Drake & Scull Engineering Labour Managers and myself in August 2000. This list accompanied the two lists provided by Balfour Kilpatrick.

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posted by Alan @ Thursday, March 23, 2006 0 comments

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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Mar 27 2006 14:36

MORE TO FOLLOW IN DAYS AHEAD!

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Mar 28 2006 13:09

There was some discussion about this list among the Manchester electricians last night. It is problematic as to whether this can represent a proper basis for a 'blacklist' as some of the names have now been identified as 'scabs' on one of the lists. Hence there has been some expression of scepticism.

It is claimed that the going rate for a blacklist is 50p-a-name to companies who want to be in the know on who the militants are in the electrical contracting industry. A blacklist is civil tort and may be actionable in the Civil Courts.

We must await further developments.

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Mar 30 2006 11:06

The shit is now begining to hit the fan on the blacklisted electricians in the building trade. Today CONSTRUCTION NEWS ran a front page article entitled: 'SPARKS' ANGER OVER BLACKLIST'.

Russ Lynch writes:

'Four of the biggest M&E firms in the country are at the centre of a blacklisting storm over claims they have been illegally barring hundreds of electricians from site.

'A former director of Balfour Beatty subsidiary Haden Young, Alan Wainwright, has published a website containing the names of more than 1,000 allegedly blacklisted sparks.

'Mr Wainwright has posted the list as part of a constructive dismissal claim against Haden Young. He is now calling on electricians who have had problems gaining work from another Balfour Beatty subsidiary, Balfour Kilpatrick, Crown House or Drake & Scull - now Emcor Engineering Services - to contact him.

'His website claims that the list of "troublemakers" was passed to him by Balfour Kilpatrick when he was working for Drake & Scull in 2000 as business improvement director.

'The lists include the names and National Insurance numbers of 1,087 electricians who worked on the Jubilee Line Extention, the Royal Opera House and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer's research centre in Sandwich, Kent - three major jobs that were hit with severe industrial disputes in the late 1990s.'

The union Amicus appears embarrassed saying 'There has been a mountain of anecdotal evidence about blacklisting but allegations have always been to prove. This website ....has the potential to seriously disrupt industrial relations'

Perhaps we must now await further legal action and possibly industrial action against those reponsible for operating these alleged blacklists.

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Mar 30 2006 11:25

Bryan is there one good article summing all this stuff up? it'd be great to have on libcom.org news

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Mar 30 2006 12:13

The report in today's CONSTRUCTION NEWS is good as a news story. What I think we've got here is a whistle-blower and disgruntled former manager - Alan Wainwright, who may have some inside knowledge of blacklisting of electricians in the building trade. He is taking his former company to the Industrial Tribunal for 'constructive dismissal'.

But because the story has a long history (covered in some small part in past issues of 'Northern Voices') and is only now being exposed in detail, showing what seems to be a national operation against militant electricians who have been involved in important industrial disputes across the country, it hasn't been tied up comprehensively.

In truth is there isn't one piece of analysis of the whole operation, because none of us fully understood the dimensions of what seems to be a major industrial scandal until Mr Wainwright posted his website last week. The electricians up North are still trying to get their heads round it as I write. The feeling though is that we should proceed with caution, if only because there may be worries about possible hidden agendas.

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Mar 30 2006 12:20
bryan bamford nv wrote:
A blacklist is civil tort and may be actionable in the Civil Courts.

You might also want to consider the data protection angle. If those lists contained National Insurance numbers (and it looks like they did), that looks like a clear breach of the Data Protection Act to me.

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Apr 1 2006 10:27

K just got off the phone to Bryan, we've worked out a news angle on it for Freedom (there's got to be a lot of 'allegedly' going on at this point) and he's given me some background which I'll be writing up for next issue as a shorter piece. Problem at the moment is confirmation, if it turns out to be kosher all the way through (and with at least one list it seems likely) we'll likely run a full-page feature on it.

Blog, for those interested, can be found at http://www.blacklistedele ctricians.blogspot.com/ (link split on of the off chance this whole thing is a fishing expedition for troublemakers).

edit: bryans using library internet atm, so won't be online til next week.

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Apr 3 2006 13:30

Att: Alan Wainwright

After reading your article printed March 30th 2006 in the construction news, I feel that it would be very beneficial to contact me on

Tel: 07841211517

Please only Alan Wainwright to contact Via Telephone

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Apr 3 2006 14:39
benj wrote:
Att: Alan Wainwright

After reading your article printed March 30th 2006 in the construction news, I feel that it would be very beneficial to contact me on

Tel: 07841211517

Please only Alan Wainwright to contact Via Telephone

confused

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Apr 19 2006 13:19

Saii note: Russ Lynch in CONSTRUCTION NEWS 6th, April has followed up on his earlier piece on 'blacklisted electricians'.

The Electrical Conrtractors Association, to which the companies accused of 'blacklisting' belong, are according to Con. News are 'taking a passive line' and has simply condemned the practice - urging all employers to comply with professional recruitment polies. Con News says 'The ECA also refused to say whether it would investigate any of mr Wainwright's claims - or indeed discipline any company proved to be blacklisting.' It seems that, at the time of Con News going to press that the 'Joint Industry Board of employers and unions responsible for regulating the Mechanical & Electrical sector were also unavailable for comment.'

Aleading recruitment firm, that refused to be named, told Con News that they are 'constantly frustrated by the turning-down of electricians for unspecified reasons.' This source claimed that these big building contractors 'are even vetting the labour we put forward to subcontractor firms which we supply with electricians'.

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May 4 2006 15:26

Here is another list of what disgruntled whistle-blower Alan Wainwright claims are 'blacked electricians'. Included in this list is Steve Acheson, Secretary of the Manchester electricians T&G Branch: Steve features in the current issue of NORTHERN VOICES No.6 - just out:

BALFOUR KILPATRICK - PFIZER LIST

Balfour Kilpatrick - Pfizer Project List

The following list was provided to Drake & Scull in August 2000 by the labour manager of Balfour Kilpatrick, Michael Aird.

ACHESON. S. B YP*******

ADAIR. J WE*******

AGIUS. F. D YR*******

AGNEW. A NA*******

ALLAN. E WP*******

AMPAW. G NR*******

ANDERSON. M YB*******

ANDREW. D YE*******

ANGLIN. D. L YA*******

ANNAND. A YS*******

ATKINSON. L PW*******

ATTWELL. G. E WE*******

BADDOO. B. V YZ*******

BAIRD. D WA*******

BARKER. S YW*******

BASKETT. S. P NZ*******

BELL. S. R YP*******

BLAND. S. A JA*******

BROADBENT. G. J NB*******

BROWN. G JJ*******

BROWN. M. A NA*******

BROWN. M. J YM*******

BUCHANAN. J YW*******

BUGBEE. N JA*******

BUNDOCK. L. E YS*******

BUNKER. D. W ZW*******

BURKE. M. J NB*******

BURNS. M. I WL*******

BURR. D. S NR*******

BURR. R. A NH*******

BURTON. J NS*******

BUSHELL. L. D ZW*******

CAHALANE. M. J YH*******

CALDER. J. K ZR*******

CAMPBELL. R ZT*******

CAMPLING. C NA*******

CANDAMIO. M. S NR*******

CARR. M. R YY*******

CHEAL. T. K ZT*******

CHISHOLM. G. M NM*******

CLEMENTS. E YW*******

CLOKE. A YX*******

CLYDE. N WE*******

CONNELL. G JB*******

COOK. E. E YR*******

COOPER. M NY*******

COOPER. T ZR*******

COUGHTRY. A. T WM*******

COULTRUP. L. P YK*******

COX. D JH*******

CROOK. M. D YL*******

CROOK. R. L NX*******

CULLEN. J. P NZ*******

DAWSON. A NM*******

DAY. I. J NB*******

DEAKIN. M. F ZW*******

DOBSON. E. C YL*******

DUFF. M NS*******

DUNK. E NY*******

DUNN. C. J YP*******

EMERY. J NY*******

EVANS. D. J NE*******

EVANS. L. M NZ*******

FAIRGRIEVE. G. I NZ*******

FARRELL. M. R YL*******

FINN. D. G WA*******

FISHER. J JL*******

FORBES. A. S ZP*******

FOSTER. B ZK*******

FOSTER. D. R NH*******

FULLJAMES. D. J JW*******

FULLJAMES. J. L YM*******

FURNER. A. D YE*******

GABRIEL. J WE*******

GARDINER. D NE*******

GARSIDE. S YX*******

GIBSON. B WM*******

GORDON. C. M YR*******

GRAHAM-DOBSON. G. B NA*******

GREENFIELD. S. C NY*******

GRIFFITH. J. M NP*******

GUYATT. D. P WL*******

HARDWICK. P NX*******

HARDY. T YP*******

HARRIS. B YH*******

HARTSHORNE. C WE*******

HASTIE. S NR*******

HASWELL. D. J YR*******

HAWKESFORD. P JJ*******

HAWLEY. D. T YW*******

HAYTER. S NW*******

HAYWARD. K. F ZT*******

HEATH. M YP*******

HEDLEY. F. H YA*******

HENDERSON. S. P NX*******

HENRY. I. J NE*******

HETHERINGTON. V. J WE*******

HIGGINS. M JB*******

HILLCOAT. J. D YT*******

HOGBEN. P YH*******

HOOD. W. A YT*******

HORNE. D JC*******

ILLMAN. C JB*******

JENNINGS. R ZT*******

JOHNSON. P. J JS*******

KELLY. R YH*******

KINNEAR. T ZX*******

KIRBY. B ZR*******

LEIBA. V JG*******

LEONARD. S NX*******

LIGO. M. E YH*******

LINNEN. C. J JS*******

LONERGAN. A NE*******

LONSDALE. R YR*******

LOVELL. G. D YE*******

LOWERY. M NZ*******

LOWMAN. R. G YB*******

LUCAS. E. W YK*******

LUDDEN. J ZY*******

MACINNES. I JC*******

MANNING. P. V ZW*******

MARKS. D. G YX*******

MARRISON. J JJ*******

MARRISON. S. G WE*******

MARTIN. K JA*******

MATHEWS. F YA*******

McCALLUM. G NY*******

McCALLUM. J ZY*******

McCARTNEY. A NW*******

McERLANE. P. P JC*******

McEVOY. S. B WL*******

McGARRY. R WK*******

McGEOWN. J. J ZT*******

McHUGH. R. R JN*******

McKINSTRIE. J WK*******

McLEAN. D YB*******

McNAIRN. M YS*******

McVAY. J. F YZ*******

MEADES. I. F ZX*******

MILNE. R JG*******

MINTO. L YR*******

MOODIE. R. J NP*******

MORIARTY. R. J JE*******

MORLEY. G. P JC*******

MUNDAY. K. A YR*******

NEEDHAM. J JH*******

NICHOLSON. E YZ*******

NORMAN. D NM*******

NORTON. T. D. M YL*******

O’CONNELL. M. D YK*******

OLDEN. W YY*******

PANTON. F. G JC*******

PARCELL. P. D YX*******

PARKER. M. L WM*******

PEARSON. C YR*******

POWER. D WE*******

RAE. S NS*******

REID. R JA*******

RIGBY. G ZS*******

ROBERTS. B. J JK*******

ROBERTS. I YS*******

ROBINSON. I. J NY*******

ROFE. S JC*******

ROGERS. W YS*******

ROSS. S NY*******

RUSSELL. J WE*******

SAVAGE. A YH*******

SCOTT. R. W TY*******

SHAND. C. M NE*******

SHARP. T. P JC*******

SHEPHARD. A. D ZS*******

SHIRLEY. P. J YP*******

SHUTTLER. A YH*******

SIDDLE. P. R ZY*******

SLATER. J. A YT*******

SMITH. S. C YK*******

SNOWDEN. M YX*******

SOUTHAM. M WM*******

SPIERS. S. G NR*******

SPIERS. W. C YB*******

STARK. J. E WP*******

STARK. R. A YB*******

STEVENS. J YW*******

STEWART. E. J YM*******

STOREY. J. M JA*******

SUTTON. S YS*******

SWAN. D JA*******

TATTERSALL. S. H ZS*******

TAYLOR. C ZS*******

THAIN. R JJ*******

THOMAS. A. B YE*******

THOMSON. J YK*******

THROP. E. G YH*******

THROP. M JK*******

TIBBS. W NS*******

TOLAND. A YA*******

TONG. J. A ZT*******

TOOLEY. M. G ZS*******

TOSH. G. N NZ*******

TURNBULL. B. J. H YY*******

VANDOME. W YB*******

VECSI. S. C WE*******

VEITCH. A YW*******

WALLACE. K NZ*******

WALSH. S. P NX*******

WALTON. M JC*******

WARNER. E YR*******

WEARDEN. J. D NW*******

WHITE. E. A JA*******

WHITE. P. F ZY*******

WHITEHEAD. R YW*******

WHITLOCK. S YS*******

WILKINSON. C NB*******

WILLARD. W. V WM*******

WILLIAMS. K YW*******

WILLIAMS. N NH*******

WINFORD. P WA*******

WOOD. A. W JS*******

WOOD. P WM*******

WOOD. P. J NY*******

WOODALL. C NZ*******

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My name is Alan Wainwright and over the last fifteen years I've held three very senior labour related positions within the UK Construction Industry (mechanical and electrical sector). In 1993 I was recruited by the now Executive Director of Carillion PLC (formerly Tarmac), Roger Robinson to set up their ‘in house’ mechanical and electrical labour agency NCS (now Sky Blue). Two years later, Roger promoted me to the position of National Labour Manager for their mechanical and electrical services business, Crown House Engineering. I left the company in 2000 to join Emcor PLC's mechanical and electrical subsidiary, Drake & Scull Engineering as Business Improvement Director. In 2004 I joined Balfour Beatty PLC's mechanical and electrical subsidiary, Haden Young Limited as Regional Production and Resources Manager for the Midlands and Southern Region.

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May 6 2006 15:28

Report from Manchester Manchester Royal Infirmary site:

3 sparks of MRI site: Steve Acheson, Graham Bowker and Tony Jones got their notice yesterday. Should finish next Friday. Picket expected at site a week on Monday. Blacklist presure suspected.

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Jun 19 2006 12:12

The 3 electricians mentioned above were sacked over 3 weeks ago and are now picketing the Manchester Royal Infirmary site (a 6 year project). Since then support has been sought and is now forthcoming from trade union branches, Trades' Councils and some political organisations.