Joe has challenged the decision to award the Largs Campus contract to Morrison Construction.
Morrison Construction were exposed, by the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, as having used the Consulting Association blacklist to identify, deny employment to or terminate the jobs of trade union members.
The Scottish Government claimed that new guidelines would prevent blacklisting companies from winning public contracts. North Ayrshire Council agreed to sign up to and implement these guidelines.
Despite this, the £43.3million contract for the Largs Campus has been awarded to Morrison Construction by the West Scotland hub.
Councillor Cullinane has written to SNP Councillor Ruth Maguire, the Council’s portfolio holder for this area, to ask what action she has taken to oppose this Council led project being awarded to a known blacklister. He also plans to write to the Scottish Government about their ineffectual guidelines.
Speaking about the issue Councillor Cullinane, the Labour and Co-operative candidate for Cunninghame South, said;
“Blacklisting has ruined lives and it beggars believe that, despite these companies being exposed as having blacklisted workers, they are still being awarded multi-million pound contracts.”
“The Labour Group has fought hard to get North Ayrshire Council to take a strong stance against blacklisting and it is therefore very disappointing that this contract has been awarded to a company who used the Consulting Association blacklist.”
“It is crystal clear that the rhetoric of the Scottish Government on blacklisting is not being delivered in practice. If it was then Morrison Construction would not have been awarded this contract.”
“This is a North Ayrshire Council led project and I will therefore be challenging the Council’s portfolio holder on this award as well as the Scottish Government. It is time to end the warm words and finally ban companies who have blacklisted workers from these lucrative public contracts.”