15 October 2014
Blacklisted workers have made a complaint to Kent police after being assaulted during a peaceful protest at the Dartford headquarters of Laing O’Rourke. The incident happened at 1pm today (Wed 15th October) when 20 activists from the Blacklist Support Group attempted to distribute leaflets (attached) about the role of the construction giant in the Consulting Association blacklisting conspiracy.
The attached photograph (credit: Reel News) shows the treatment of Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith inside the Laing O’Rourke offices.
Smith said afterwards:
“Workers have been victimsed and blacklisted for standing up for their rights in the traditions of Jim Larkin. Laing O’Rourke were at the heart of this anti-union conspiracy. They can sack us, they can blacklist us, they can assault us: but we will keep coming back until we get justice.”
Laing O’Rourke were chosen for the protest because of the role of the company’s head of global security, Anton Setchell. Prior to joining the company, Assistant Chief Constable Setchell was the head of the British secret police spying operations including undercover targeting of trade unionists and social justice campaigners. Senior police officers from the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NECTU), that was under Setchell’s command, attended the secret meetings of the Consulting Association and shared information with the blacklisting organisation.
Laing O’Rourke are one of 8 construction companies facing group litigation over the blacklisting scandal in the High Court tomorrow (Thursday 16th October). Full list of companies: Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and VINCI PLC
9am 16th October 2014
Royal Courts of Justice
(nearest tube: Holborn or Temple)