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UCATT fear employee screening could lead to blacklisting

UCATT fear employee screening could lead to blacklisting

2 November 2014 Email this article

The Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) have called for the postponement of a new employee screening scheme because it fears it might be used to blacklist construction workers.

This comes after the National Federation of Builders (NFB) announced a tie-up with outsourcing company Mitie to “provide employee screening, background checks and lone worker solutions to its members”.

However, Steve Murphy, General Secretary of UCATT has warned that “on face value this scheme has the potential to lead to the blacklisting of construction workers. The scheme should be postponed until workers are fully reassured that blacklisting will not and cannot occur.”

The body has also written to the Chief Executive of the NFB seeking an urgent meeting regarding the scheme, and asking for it not to be introduced in the interim.