Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Unite Members Protest outside Wrexham Council's Guildhall.

A small number of Unite The Union members protested outside Wrexham Council's Guildhall prior to today's Executive Board. They protested against Wrexham Council's contract with Highway maintenance contractor Enterprise who were accused of operating a 'blacklist' of workers.

Enterprise are wholly owned by Amey Construction which are owned by Spanish Company Ferrovial who along with another two companies have been awarded the contract to build Crossrail in London. These companies operate 'blacklists' on the Crossrail contract which Unite are actively campaigning against.

These companies featured recently in Panorama's, 'Blacklist Britain' programme.

The protest corresponded with a question being asked at the Executive Board:
Will Wrexham CBC as a responsible employer ensure that any future contracts are not awarded to firms that engage in 'blacklisting' of union members?
This received a rather bland non committal answer by the Lead Member for the Environment Councillor Bob Dutton to the effect that Enterprise have an union agreement and that the council will be monitoring the contract to ensure the law is complied with. We are however none the wiser whether Enterprise operate 'blacklists' or whether Wrexham Council will include no blacklisting as a community benefit in future tendering exercises.

Another fudge by a Labour led Council.

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