Some blacklisted workers have made reference to a gun being held to their head last year by their union lawyers in relation to the High Court settlement figures.
More recently, blacklisted workers (including myself) have formally raised their concerns with their union about trade union officials and their involvement in the blacklisting.
If trade union officials were involved in the blacklisting, then why was the union not liable to pay any compensation to blacklisted workers?
It is now over four months since my correspondence to the General Secretary raising my concerns about the union's cover up back in 2005/2006, and other matters relating to the involvement of senior trade union officials and politicians in the blacklisting. This can be downloaded HERE.
Mr McCluskey rejected my correspondence by email stating that I was not a member of the union, which is incorrect. I have advised him of such, but as yet have received no response.
For those holding out for this so called independent inquiry, I would say the following:-
Please wake up and smell the coffee!
This is not going to happen!
There will always be an excuse/reason to not conduct this!
And if one is eventually conducted, it will not be anywhere near the level of investigation needed if we (blacklisted workers) are to eventually get to the truth of this matter.
For if it is found that trade union officials were complicit in the blacklisting, then that could possibly lead to significant legal claims from blacklisted workers against their union.
"Vicarious liability refers to a situation where someone is held
responsible for the actions or omissions of another person. In a
workplace context, an employer can be liable for the acts or omissions
of its employees, provided it can be shown that they took place in the
course of their employment".
The Current Excuse
Mr McCluskey states the following in his correspondence to members dated 24 August 2017.
"Presently Unite have a further 70 plus cases being taken for victims of Blacklisting. It is vitally important that any review of documentation does not disrupt that litigation"
This can be downloaded HERE.
That may be, but I have raised a number of significant facts, complete with the evidence to support them that fall outside of this scope, which Mr McCluskey has completely disregarded.
Further, I have been handed internal documents that provide an insight into the current status of these claims. They read:
"Legal Services represent 41 new Claimants in High Court proceedings against the same construction companies, and individual directors, as in the successful group litigation concluded last year. The claims are for conspiracy, breach of Data Protection Acty, breach of privacy and confidence rights and, in may cases, defamation. Individual Particulars of Loss have been calculated and the claims are currently due to be served on the companies by 1 August. Legal Services is coordinating a further 17 new claims on behalf of former Ucatt members".
A Claimant in these proceedings has informed me that five figure offers have already been made by the construction companies and that they have been advised by the union to reject these.
These new claims have absolutely nothing to do with the matters raised by me to Mr McCluskey in MY REPORT dated 29 May 2017 and therefore should not hamper any investigation into such.
Over the next few weeks I will be meeting blacklisted workers who feel they had a gun held to their head to discuss their experiences of the High Court settlements and hear their concerns.
With their permission, I will be relaying this information to a team of solicitors who are assisting me with this matter.
The discussions will be held in complete confidence and on an individual basis. No information will be passed onto the solicitors or other blacklisted workers without the consent of the individual.
If you would like to discuss this with me you can email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can call me on 07399 530323
It has now been eight years since we got our Consulting Association files. Eight years in which blacklisted workers have been raising their concerns about the involvement of trade union officials in the blacklisting. The unions could have launched an independent inquiry into all this over the last eight years.
They have not done so and have no intention of doing so.
If you would like to view the documents posted in any of my posts, please hit the coloured blue links in the text.