MSP welcomes moves to crackdown on blacklisting firms

Fiona McLeod
Fiona McLeod

Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod has welcomed the announcement that firms involved in blacklisting face the prospect of a ban on public sector contracts.

Claiming it is a “clear message that blacklisting will not be tolerated”, she said: “The Scottish Government is sending out a clear message to businesses that blacklisting of employees will no longer be tolerated in this country.

“Blacklisting of workers is a very serious issue which has affected the lives and livelihoods of too many people. Simply for being a member of a union have some people been bullied or taken advantage of in their place of work.”

The announcement will ensure that companies bidding for public sector contracts must reveal whether they have been involved in the practice of blacklisting and if a company is found to have done so, will be required to show it has taken appropriate remedial action.

Public sector contracts will also include a clause allowing contracts to be brought to an end if a supplier is found to have breached relevant legislation.