Construction blacklisting: ICO under scrutiny

The Information Commissioner’s handling of the blacklisting of construction workers scandal is under scrutiny in Parliament. Over three years ago the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) investigated and exposed the blacklisting of over 3,000 construction workers who had been suspected of being involved in trade union activities. As a result of the investigation the Government introduced the Employment Relations Act 1999 (Blacklists) Regulations 2010.

Last year, Liberty asked the ICO to reopen the case following a report published by the trade union, the GMB, to establish the extent to which each company was involved. There was discussion that if the ICO took this step the consequences could be far more serious for the companies involved than in the first investigation because the ICO now has greater powers of enforcement, including imposing monetary penalties of up to £500,000…

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