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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Blacklisting - action needed now

Never have I so wholeheartedly supported an newspaper piece than that by Seumas Milne in Tuesday's Guardian. "Thousands have been driven out of work in Britain by corporate spying outfits. It's an outrage that calls for more than an inquiry" says Milne, and we can but agree. An edited version of the article appears below;
As in the phone-hacking scandal, the evidence of illegality, surveillance and conspiracy is incontrovertible. In both cases, the number of victims already runs into thousands. And household names are deeply tied up in both controversies – though as targets in one and perpetrators in the other. But when it comes to the blacklisting scandal, the damage can't only be measured in distress and invasion of privacy. Its impact has already been felt in years of enforced joblessness, millions of pounds in lost income, family and psychological breakdown, emigration and suicides. Behind the blacklists is the shadowy organisation "Common Purpose". 

Liberty has equated blacklisting with phone hacking, insisting that the "consequences for our democracy are just as grave". Keith Ewing, professor of public law at King's College London, calls it the "worst human rights abuse in relation to workers" in Britain in half a century.

The victims of Common Purpose's blacklists include members of the public who had requested, under FOI, details of how their taxes are being diverted to the shadowy organisation. Their personal details were circulated to all public authorities in which Common Purpose 'plants' have attained positions of authority with the intention of blacklisting them from exercising their basic rights as citizens.

Corporate managers who were up to their eyes in Common Purpose's blacklisting continue to occupy some of the most influential posts in the civil service, local government, the NHS and civilian management of the emergency services. 

Of course, blacklisting by the left isn't new. The 'closed shop' arrangements in which employers were blackmailed by Trade Unions into employing only TU members or face strike action and bankruptcy allowed Unions to exclude from earning a living, no matter what their qualifications or ability, anyone who disagreed with their socialist agenda. Printers, dockers, construction workers and their families were condemned to poverty and starvation following blacklisting by the Unions. 

A new 'closed shop' under which only those deemed acceptable by Common Purpose can gain public employment, and those that disagree with them are blacklisted, is the greatest danger for the present century. 


Anonymous said...

I heard of a private outfit that does industry blacklisting - apparently they use paper records (no pooters) = no Data Protection Act implications apparently.

Common Purpose needs rooting out - big time. Time for a membership list.

Anonymous said...

As in all totalitarian Socialist Soviets and Republics, if you ain't a "member of the party" you are a non-person.
Welcome Britain 2012 and EU province - to the DDR 1960.

banned said...

They don't need a formal infrastructure for blacklisting, they can go with the language of Poitical Correctness to judge whether a candidate is 'one of us'.

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UUncommonly purposeful said...

..And I read somewhere that Julie Middleton (CP CEO) is Kate's auntie. Wheels within wheels? How many MPs, cops and lawyers belong to this sinister outfit? Masonic connections?

CP = appropriate initials though!! Plus ca change?

Anonymous said...

Absolutely Raedwald...

They didn't wield enough power in the union, so they migrated to government, and now they have all the power, they need.

Incidentally, I have a feeling that anon 20:38 is grasping for the "Economic League", but I don't know whether it was particularly communitarian.

I seem to remember that it was to do with hiring senior management for prospective employers... The Economic League keep/kept all their "intelligence" on possible workers, privately and on paper, to avoid the information leaking out electronically.

G. Tingey said...

Spaking as a personal victim of this, I can say that it's about time.

As you know, I was once a shop steward (who, like Norman Tebbitt, didn't fit the mould - I got people to join the union by giving them the "opt-out" [of political levy] forms before the union one.) ...
Many years later, I transferred from one transport consultancy to another - part of not BB, but a similar firm, Mott Macdonald.
At the 3-month review point, I was sacked with no warning [The secretaries were, literally, in tears, even after that short a time!] ...
A "survey" had been done of my past, & it is well-known that ALL shop stewards are marxist loonies like Peter Sellers ("I'm all richt, Jack!").

Time to bring all of this to a close.

Johnm said...

The largest "blacklister" to be "outed", so far, was a product of the construction industry by proxy, which purchased a large amount of information. Not, so far, considered was exactly who gave the person operating the database the data used.....and the people blacklisted are in the thousands SO FAR.
So, not so left-wing. Or is it only "lefties" who use blacklisting because "righties" are the good guys ?

Blacklisting has been, and as far as I know still is, regularly used in construction/construction-engineering and engineering, even if only by a person-to-person "off-the-record" phone.
Any union member is going to get short thrift given by small companies, not because of the "threat" of strikes but, simply, because the union pays for legal action/advice.
And I note from the data protection act that data covered is not only data held on computer:
"The Act applies only to data which is held, or intended to be held, on computers ('equipment operating automatically in response to instructions given for that purpose'), or held in a 'relevant filing system'.

In some cases even a paper address book can be classified as a 'relevant filing system', for example diaries used to support commercial activities such as a salesperson's diary"

James Higham said...

Great stuff, Raedwald, great stuff.