The Consulting Association specialised in blacklisting – whereby people were denied work because of their politics or union activism. Companies subscribed to its list, in order to vet workers when they applied for jobs. The ICO raided the Consulting Association in 2009, but only a third of the companies subscribing to it were subsequently issued with disclosure (enforcement) orders. It is also understood that thousands of files held by the Consulting Association went missing (see below).
And there is also a much bigger cache – compiled by an organisation that spent 70 years blacklisting not just construction workers but workers of all trades.
This article examines historical cases of widespread blacklisting that need investigating. A follow-up article on the work of vetting agencies today will be published in due course.
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