FREE EVENT! Blacklisting: The secret war between big business and trade union activists

Held in association with Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

1 Jun 2015| News

Held in association with Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Tuesday, 2nd of June. 6.30pm

Diskus Room, Unite the Union, London

6.30am – 8.30pm

About the Conference

From the campaign against police surveillance:

”Come and hear the shocking truth about blacklisting from the people involved in the fightback.

John Hendy QC will be introducing Gail Cartmail, assistant general secretary of Unite the Union and blacklisted engineer Dave Smith.

Dave Smith’s book Blacklisted tells the controversial story of the illegal strategies that transnational construction companies resorted to in their attempt to keep union activists away from their places of work. Written with Phil Chamberlain, this is a story of a bitter struggle, in which collusion with the police and security services resulted in victimization, violence and unemployment, with terrible effects on families and communities.

Drawing on first-hand accounts of the workers, Blacklisted reveals how, when major construction projects were unionized, those involved were unlawfully victimized. From the building sites to the High Court, this is a story of ordinary working people taking on some of the most powerful transnational companies in the world.

The book also reveals how blacklisting extended beyond construction activists to environmental campaigners, journalists, politicians and academics. And it adds an international perspective with related stories from America and Europe.

You can by the book at this talk (and get 15% off, and get it signed by Dave Smith too).”

Keep an eye out for the event’s IER bookstore where selected IER publications will be available for a limited time conference special offer of £5 a book or 3 books for £10. The IER website will also feature a write up of the event later in the week.


Introduction by John Hendy QC

Chair: Russell Fraser (Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers)

Gail Cartmail (Assistant General Secretary – Unite)

Dave Smith (Blacklisted builder, author of Blacklisted and organiser of the Blacklist Support Group)

IER Publication

by Prof Keith Ewing

Commissioned from IER by UCATT


Published in August 2009

This very timely report highlights the problems surrounding the practice of blacklisting within the UK and critically examines the governments proposed Regulations to deal with the matter.