Haringey Trades Union Council
Media Release 2nd March
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Haringey trade unionists back Unite statement about blacklister Lendlease & Council property sell-off
Haringey TUC the local North London organisation of the TUC has said that it is backing representations to be made at Haringey Council’s Scrutiny Committee on 2nd March by Unite the Union’s Assistant Chief of Staff Adrian Weir, about the Council’s decision to choose blacklister Lendlease as its partner in a £2bn property sell off known as the Haringey Development Vehicle.
Part of the Unite statement reads:
Lend Lease, and its predecessor company Bovis, were involved in the notorious Consulting Association blacklisting scandal which resulted in 3,213 construction workers having their lives ruined. In 2013 Unite issued High Court proceedings against the companies involved in the blacklisting scandal and Lend Lease was eventually forced to settle.
The trade unionists say that while it is understood that Tory Government cuts are starving local Councils of cash, selling off assets to privateers and blacklisters is a short term measure that will not benefit ordinary people in Haringey. Privateers are interested in profit and returns for shareholders as a bottom line not the needs of working people to have decent housing and public services
Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett said, it is difficult to understand, even if one backs the HDV project as it stands, which trade unionists in the Borough don’t, why a Labour Council would entertain working with a Company with a proven record of blacklisting people for trade union activities
Full Unite statement