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‘Blacklist’ raises serious questions regarding gas and rail contracts – Ferris

5 March, 2012 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications and Energy has claimed that revelations about a blacklist of trade union activists and people who reported health and safety concerns raises serious questions regarding the awarding of maintenance contracts for Iarnród Éireann and Bord Gáis.

Deputy Ferris was commenting on a report in the Guardian newspaper on Saturday on the fact that Balfour Beatty, the company which has been awarded maintenance contracts by Iarnród Éireann and Bord Gáis was funding the compilation of a blacklist of union activists and other ‘problem’ employees on British construction sites.

Deputy Ferris said:

“On top of the appalling safety record of this company, Balfour Beatty’s role in blacklisting workers is another reason why the awarding of the contracts must be re-examined. What is particularly sinister is that some of the workers who were victimised in this manner were picked on because of the very fact that they had raised serious issues regarding health and safety on the sites operated by the companies funding the blacklist.”


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