The Scottish Government are under fresh pressure to hold a Scottish Public Inquiry into the blacklisting of workers in the construction industry after SNP led North Ayrshire Council backed the enquiry call at its meeting on the 17th June.
A motion by Labour Councillors Jim Montgomerie and Joe Cullinane was unanimously backed by all 30 Councillors. It's passing means that the SNP leader will now write to his own party Ministers calling for a Public Inquiry into blacklisting in Scotland.
After the meeting Saltcoats and Stevenston Councillor Montgomerie commented,
"The recent Scottish Affairs Committee Inquiry showed that some construction companies used a blacklist to effectively bar workers from employment for daring to raise workplace issues, including health & safety issues, and being active trade unionists."
"The number of Scots blacklisted is disproportionately higher than in the rest of the UK, with 67 in North Ayrshire which is higher than much bigger local authorities including our capital city Edinburgh, and with the Tories likely to refuse to hold a UK wide Inquiry, it's time that the SNP support one in Scotland and take real action against this disgraceful practice."
"Not only should the Scottish Government hold a public inquiry into blacklisting, they should also reconsider their approach to procurement, as it appears that companies whose central organisations have been named in the Scottish Affairs Committee as using the Consulting Association to operate the blacklist continue to be awarded public contracts, despite the SNP claiming they have taken steps to prevent it."
"In North Ayrshire alone we have at least three major infrastructure projects being built by companies named in the Scottish Select Affairs Committee report. This includes the new Garnock school campus, the new hospital at Ayrshire Central in Irvine and the Montrose House care home on Arran - a contract won through the South West Hub set up by the SNP Government and officially opened on Monday of this week by the SNP Health Secretary".