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Blacklisting to be Outlawed

Blacklisting to be Outlawed
It will be unlawful for trade union members to be denied employment through blacklists under plans outlined by Employment Relations Minister Lord Young.
To prevent employers from blacklisting workers for their trade union membership or activities the Government will introduce new rules banning the practice. The move comes as the Government publishes its response to a public consultation on the subject held over the summer, and follows evidence that a number of employers in the construction sector had been unlawfully vetting workers.
Employment Relations Minister Lord Young said:
Blacklisting someone because they are a member of a trade union is totally unacceptable.
There is already legal protection against the misuse of peoples personal details. We will now strengthen the law by introducing new regulations to outlaw the compilation, dissemination and use of blacklists.
The Government is determined to stamp out this despicable practice and our legislative proposals are a proportionate and robust response.
The regulations will:
make it unlawful for organisations to refuse employment or sack individuals as a result of appearing on a blacklist
make it unlawful for employment agencies to refuse to provide a service on the basis of appearing on a blacklist and
enable individuals or unions to pursue compensation or solicit action against those who compile, distribute or use blacklists. 
The Government plans to table the regulations for Parliament to consider as soon as possible.   They will need to be debated and approved by each House before they can be implemented.  Provided Parliament gives its approval, the regulations could be brought into effect early next year.


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