Blacklists – Most moderate claims.

Under the present regime of networking among public school boys, we know that the 99% are not “one of them” and so have no say. Also neo-liberalism hates regulation, so why should they not think it acceptable to blacklist workers, deny union rights, sack them, pay low wages, have appalling safety records…..

But the blacklisted construction workers have an alternative moral perspective, they stood up for their colleagues and themselves; and pursued safe conditions and standards in their trades.

A Carillion subsidiary, Crown House Engineering was shown at a tribunal earlier this year to have blacklisted 224 workers.

In the wake of this, Carillion chief executive issued an apology from his company. None the less, Carillion and other construction giants such as McAlpine’s face court action and claims for compensation running to millions of pounds.

These penalties will, if they are agreed by the courts, be scant recompense for the blighted lives caused to many construction union activists by their loss of a livelihood.

And if we had the capitalist class in the dock, how much more compensation would be required for the casual ruin of the lives of millions by: unemployment, low pay, increasing prices or cuts in public services.

Perhaps we should find as James Connolly said over a hundred years ago that “our demands most moderate are, We only want the earth.”

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