Construction union Unite renewed its demand for a public inquiry into blacklisting this week and backed calls by the Labour MP Chuka Umunna to strengthen the law to prevent blacklisting from happening.
In November 2015 a very successful meeting was held in Birmingham City Centre on Blacklisting in the Construction Industry. The two main speakers where Dave Smith Secretary of the Blacklist support group and Frank Keogh an official from the trade union Unite.
There was stunned silence followed by audible gasps in the High Court when Matthew Nicklin QC read out documentary evidence indicating that the blacklisting firms had deliberately set out to destroy evidence of their illegal conspiracy.
Construction union UCATT are demanding that the Government takes immediate action after an international employment agency, which operates in the UK, was discovered to be blacklisting workers who joined a trade union.
Individuals have been prevented from further employment in construction and other sectors by employers who have operated a "blacklist" of those who they don't want to employ again.
This has ruined their chances of future employment and ruined many lives.
Many have been safety reps, whose only crimes have been to organise for safer workplaces.
There is no doubt that construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the UK.
Every year dozens of people die on site, several thousands get injured or develop work-related health problems. See our Construction Dust Risks news item for more on risks from dusty work.
This is why improving health and safety on construction sites plays a key role in the Hazards Trust's daily work and ongoing campaigns.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which is almost indestructible.
Its resistance to heat led to its use in thousands of products yet medical science has proved that breathing asbestos dust can kill.
Despite being banned in 1999 asbestos is still the biggest single cause of work related deaths in the UK.