Incredible. A court has found that an illegal database was used by more than 40 construction firms to vet 3,213 workers. The list, which was used to blacklist workers involved in trade union activity, has been responsible for ruining the livelihoods of goodness knows how many construction workers.
The company, known as the Consulting Association, was set up by a number of construction companies and Ian Kerr, 66, of Avoncroft Road, Stoke Heath, Worcestershire had run the list for around fifteen years, making half a million pounds in the last five years alone.
Kerr was fined five thousand pounds for ruining people's lives over fifteen years. Just over three hundred pounds a year then. Laughable.
The BBC tells us that "Mike Abbott, 77, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, was named on the list in the late 1970s and said he was only offered two jobs in one five-year period.
"I couldn't feed my children because of that list and all Kerr gets is a £5,000 fine," he said. "I am very angry about what he did to me and many others. But he was just a front for all this."After the hearing Kerr's car was surrounded by construction workers as he tried to drive away and one of whom screamed "Are you proud of yourself are you?"
More to the point is the law proud of itself? It may as well come out and say it approves of union busting - five thousand pounds is just an insult.