Monday, 27 July 2015

BENT UNION OFFICIALS (10) - FRANK WESTERMAN

Ex Amicus (now Unite) official Frank Westerman named as the source of information on a number of blacklisting CA files by Dave Smith, especially in relation to the electricians on the Jubilee Line Extension.

I met this guy once during my time at Carillion after he'd demanded a meeting to discuss our agency workers. At the time we had approximately 1800 directly employed and about 400 via agencies (including NCS), which in my opinion was about the right balance to deal with the peaks and troughs of the construction process at the time.

Mr Westermans' visit had one primary objective, i.e. to blackmail the business into paying them (Amicus/Unite) £2.00 a week union membership fees for each agency worker used on our projects. He bragged about how powerful he was, citing projects where he'd recently caused industrial action and disruption. I recall being aware of the issues on those projects at the time, which caused me concern. 

He was referring to the use of agency workers in the national working rule handbook, which stated that any member company must first use the services of Esca Services (a recruitment agency half owned by his union at the time), before going out to any other agency. We did not use Esca at the time, as we had our own internal agency, NCS and three other preferred suppliers.

Agency workers were quite transient at the time as business was booming and there were always other agencies offering workers on our projects better money or hours. This made it impossible to encourage an agency worker to sign up to Mr Westermans' union to and process the subscriptions, as they may not be working with us a week or two later. 

Mr Westerman threatened that he would cause the business significant disruption if we did not meet his demands to pay his union. We were therefore forced to set up a process to pay Amicus/Unite £2.00 per week for each and every agency worker on our projects or suffer the wrath of Mr Westerman and his bully boy tactics.

Morgan Stanley Dispute

So Mr Westerman has recently resurfaced and according to Dave Smith's reports, he appears to be connected to a recent dispute. So let's look at the information:

a) Mr Westerman is now acting as a consultant for a construction company involved in a recent dispute with trade union members at Morgan Stanley. 

b) Mr Westerman was the source of information for blacklisted workers CA files from the Jubilee Line Extension.

c) The sacked trade union member has now been re-employed following a meeting with Pheonix MD, Lee Compton.

Oh, and...

Lee Compton was MD of Drake & Scull at the time when Sheila Knight distributed the lists of workers from the Jubilee Line Extension, Pfizers and Royal Opera House Projects.

It doesn't take too much to connect the dots, does it?

INDEX

INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION 

LATEST POSTS
CARILLION LIES - 27 JAN 2016
CARILLION MYTHBUSTERS & LIVERPOOL FC - 21 JAN 2016 
HOW MANY MORE CONSTRUCTION DEATHS - 17 JAN 2016 
EMCOR JLE - SELECTING THE RINGLEADERS - 26 OCT 2015 
NRL - RECRUITMENT AGENCY BLACKLISTS - 18 OCT 2015 

POLITICIANS, OFFSHORE, MAJOR PROJECTS ASSOCIATION & JLE
BLACKLISTING & THE ESTABLISHMENT
JUBILEE LINE EXTENSION SEMINAR - NOV 2000
KEVIN GORMAN - HARKAND GROUP 
EMCOR - SELECTING THE RINGLEADERS - 26 OCT 2015 

CONTEMPORARY BLACKLISTING? - AGENCIES
CONTEMPORARY BLACKLISTING? NRL - 30/07/2014 
CONTEMPORARY BLACKLISTING? RANDSTAD - 05/08/2014
CONTEMPORARY BLACKLISTING? NRL - 06/08/2014

THE TRADE UNIONS & THE BLACKLIST SUPPORT GROUP
BENT UNION OFFICIALS? (1)  
BENT UNION OFFICIALS? (2)  
THE TRIANGLE OF MONEY  
RUINED LIVES?  
CROSSRAIL & THE BLACKLISTING 
FRANK MORRIS & THE BLACKLISTING  
BENT UNION OFFICIALS? (3)  
HYPOCRITES  
BENT UNION OFFICIALS? (4)
BENT UNION OFFICIALS? (5)  
BENT UNION OFFICIALS? (6) 
CROSSRAIL PRESS RELEASE  
UNITE, UCATT & THE BLACKLISTING 
CROSSRAIL & THE BLACKLISTING  
ICO LETTER TO THE SCOTTISH AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
BENT UNION OFFICIALS? (7) 
BENT UNION OFFICIALS? (8) 
2015 ELECTION 
BENT UNION OFFICIALS? (9) 
BENT UNION OFFICIALS? (10) 

GUNEY CLARK RYAN
GUNEY CLARK RYAN & THE BLACKLISTING 

BALFOUR BEATTY PLC
BALFOUR BEATTY & THE BLACKLISTING 
PAUL RABY - SHAME ON YOU 
PAUL RABY - SHAME ON YOU (UPDATE) 
FINANCIAL IRREGULARITIES 
BOB CLARK - BB PLC DIRECTOR 

CARILLION PLC
CARILLION & THE BLACKLISTING (1) 
CARILLION & THE BLACKLISTING (2) 
NCS  

THE LABOUR PARTY
CHUKA UMUNNA - DO YOU REALLY CARE? (1)
CHUKA UMUNNA - DO YOU REALLY CARE? (2)

THE SELECT COMMITTEE
MY EVIDENCE
WRITTEN EVIDENCE & APPENDICES

THE BUSINESS DEPARTMENT
TEMPLATE POLITICS (1) 
TEMPLATE POLITICS (2) 
TEMPLATE POLITICS (3) 
TEMPLATE POLITICS (4) 

COMPENSATION SCHEME
THE END
CWCS
THE COMPENSATION SCHEME
DEAL OR NO DEAL?