Gordon Mills, a former Chief Inspector with the now defunct National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NETCU), is suing the GMB trade union. He claims [pdf] that the GMB made libellous comments regarding a meeting he attended in 2008 with The Consulting Association (TCA). TCA, run by Ian Kerr (who died in December 2012), specialised in blacklisting – whereby people were denied work because of their politics or union activism. 3,213 people were placed on the TCA list, which was used by at least 44 construction companies including Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine. Once on the blacklist, workers were either unable to find employment or were quickly dismissed once employed. Many have long suspected that the police, particularly undercover police officers, shared information with blacklisting organisations. Now, ‘insider’ evidence has come to light that only raises more questions about the level and purpose of police liaison with vetting agencies.
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