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Saying no to blacklisting in Southampton
Unite activists from the Southampton area came together on 25 April to join the growing voice of workers across the country speaking out against the illegal practices of employers blacklisting union activists from employment.
Unite members explained what the blacklisting meant: "They want workers to be fearful of joining unions.
"Sites are not safe. Fawley refinery has operated a blacklist for 30 years. It is not a safe place to work, accidents are covered up for fear of the sack."
Malcolm Bonnett, Unite regional officer for construction, said: "Companies like Kier are big beneficiaries from council contracts and to build social housing. It is time councils stopped giving money to companies like this.
This is about safety at work. We have to stop the fatalities. We want direct employment and to get rid of agencies and payroll companies ripping off our members."
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