Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Blacklist from Droitwich base

Ian Kerr is believed to have spent 15 years compiling and maintaining a huge database on 3,200 workers from around the country. The office of the information commissioner Richard Thomas alleges that Kerr, trading under the anodyne name of The Consulting Association, sold information from this database to construction companies who wanted to vet potential staff. Thomas's officials took away the entire contents of the database, as well as invoices from companies in the construction industry which were paying Kerr these include; Amec Building Ltd, Balfour Beatty, Costain UK Ltd, G Wimpey Ltd, Kier Ltd, John Mowlem Ltd, Laing O'Rourke, Skanska, Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd.

Details of workers' trade union activities and past employment conduct were recorded on cards. One individual was said to be a "poor timekeeper, will cause trouble, strong TU [trade union]". Another card referred to a member of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians as "Ucatt ... very bad news".

The Guardian

The Guardian

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