A recent addition to this list is the (soon to be fired) shadow chancellor, John McDonnell. It is public knowledge that I have recently brought legal proceedings against over thirty companies and recruitment agencies for breach of the new 2010 blacklisting regulations, but he is supposedly "too busy" to even re-tweet my appeal page, let alone do anything else to help this current campaign.
He has been fully briefed on the new legal claims in a briefing document drafted by myself and my legal advisor, but has chosen to join both Unite and Ucatt in their blatant refusal to help (let alone even mention) my current campaign.
I have had some difficulty in trying to understand why someone who professes to be such a huge supporter of the blacklisted workers would be so reluctant to help with the new campaign. One that if successful could ultimately lead to the full Public Inquiry we so desperately need.
He is however not too busy to turn up for photograph opportunities with compensated blacklisted workers outside the Royal Courts of Justice or to attend the video shoot of the excellent new Blacklist No1 song.
The current response from John and his team is that he is simply too busy to help in any way. Not even a re-tweet. So why would he be so reluctant to help a leading blacklisting campaigner with such a credible record in this matter? The answer lies in his relationship with Unite.
It is no secret that I have been outspoken about the role of Unite in the blacklisting, including the complicity of their senior officials as a source of information on many of the blacklist files and their deliberate cover up of my evidence back in 2005/2006 to protect the millions they were receiving from the construction companies.
I have it on very good authority that Unites' deal with the construction companies to settle the High Court litigation was made last November, despite their rhetoric to fight to the death in the run up to the trial in May.
A simple electoral commission search reveals that Unite paid Jeremy Corbyn (in addition to the money they donate to the Labour Party) £130,000 in the last twelve months to assist his campaign. John McDonnell was Jeremy Corbyn's campaign manager.
So while Unite profess to be a friend of the blacklisted workers, their money and it's control over whoever they donate to always has the final say.
Unite never wanted the full trial to go ahead in May, as the full scrutiny of this would have revealed their complicity, cover up and Gail Cartmail's internal (white wash) investigation into their own complicity in the blacklisting in 2011.
There was no way the construction companies were simply going to ignore all that evidence on the blacklist files.
Unite are also quite happy to call for a public inquiry, in the absolute certainty that this will never happen under a Tory government.
With the preliminary hearings on the new legal claims to be heard in September, I have reached out to Unite, Ucatt and the Labour Party over the last six months for help. Both Jim Kennedy, Brian Rye and John McDonnell have now informed me that they, or the organizations they represent will not be providing any.
In addition to this, only two of the 771 blacklisted workers who received over £30 million in compensation recently have come forward and made donations to the new campaign.
£50 pound from each of the remaining 769 would provide the legal resources needed to ensure these claims are properly presented to the employment tribunal, but as yet, nothing.
- No help from Unite - Confirmed
- No help from Ucatt - Confirmed
- No help from John McDonnell - Confirmed
- No help from 769 blacklisted workers who received in the region of £30 million recently - Pending
Let's see what the next few weeks bring. If the current reports in the press are correct, then John McDonnell will be history.
Donation to the legal costs required to bring these claims can be made here at My Crowd Fund Page