The big political news of the day is that a 66-year-old private detective in Droitwich has been acting as a clearing-house for a construction industry black-list:
More than 40 construction companies are reported to have been buying confidential data on workers from a body called The Consulting Association (TCA) in secret for the past 15 years.
The companies are believed to have used the information for blacklisting of workers.
The full list of the companies involved are at that web-page.
Curiously, it doesn’t take a conspiracy-theorist to find connections in that list to financiers of the Tory Party. In the old days Malcolm could have confirmed his prejudices with an hour or so at the local reference library, browsing the The Directory of Directors, and drawing spider-charts of mutual influence.
Of course, anyone, like Malcolm, who has stood up for his (or her) employment rights, and been warned that “You’ll never work again”, will hardly raise an eyebrow here.
What is surprising is that it took so long to root out Mr Ian Kerr and his grubby little operation.
There are, doubtless, others in the same murky business. One only needs to read between the lines of those employers’ confederations and associations which offer services such as:
providing members with advice, guidance and support in employment law, employee relations, health and safety, environmental management, information and research and education and skills.
If the coded comments of a “confidential” reference are not sufficient, the last resort, a telephone call to a previous employer, does the trick.
All together now:
Job chances seem very thin:
It’s a losing battle we must all win.
The C.B.I. are winning keep down the pay;
Mysterious people calling early in the day;
The “x” has appeared — another lost life –
No tears are shed for the children and wife.
The dailies ignore it or treat it with tact,
Still, when have they been know to report fact.
In our country so fair and free,
So say the holders of the economy,
There is a monster said not to exist:
They call it the employers’ blacklist.
Originally by The Business.