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Police linked to construction industry blacklisting

Information contained on a database used to blacklist construction workers was supplied by the police or security services, a London employment tribunal heard

In 2009 an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office confirmed the existence of a 3,200-name blacklist which has been used to bar workers thought to be too politically radical.

The database was funded by some of the UK’s biggest contractors and maintained by the Consulting Association.

The Information Commissioner’s Office recently claimed data on the list could only have come from the police or MI5, reported The Observer.

The revelation emerged during an employment tribunal for Dave Smith who was victimised for campaigning over health and safety.

ICO investigations manager David Clancy told the tribunal ‘there is information on the Consulting Association files that I believe could only be supplied by the police or the security services.’

Speaking to the newspaper, Clancy later added: ‘The information was so specific and it contained in effect operational information that wouldn’t have formed anything other than a police record.’

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