On Wednesday 20th November, around 15 protestors, mostly members on construction union UCATT, gathered outside the Merrion Shopping Centre in Leeds where blacklisters Robert McAlpine have offices as part of a TUC national day of action. The protest coincides with a number of others up and down the country.
Iain Dalton, Leeds Socialist Party
Blacklisting is a national scandal, revealed in the light of day when the offices of the ‘Consulting Association’ found an illegal blacklist of 3,213 construction workers used by over 40 companies to vet new potential employees and screen out trade union and health and safety activists.
Protestors in Leeds were joined by comedian Mark Thomas for part of the morning as well as a number of local trade unionists. The PCS union, who have offices in the same building, had kindly offered protesters use of their toilet facilities. When some protesters attempted to avail themselves of this, managers attempted to block their entrance to the shopping centre, with one assaulting two protesters and shoving them into the doors with one ending up in hospital.