Union fury at Mcalpine Big Ben mil­lions

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY MARK EL­LIS In­dus­trial Cor­re­spon­dent

UNION Unite has backed a call by 60 MPS to strip build­ing firm Sir Robert Mcalpine of the con­tract to re­store Big Ben.

Unite said it was “grossly in­ap­pro­pri­ate” that a com­pany be­ing sued for black­list­ing should win a con­tract worth £61mil­lion.

The In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner raided the of­fices of the Con­sult­ing As­so­ci­a­tion in 2009 and found a black­list of 3,000 con­struc­tion work­ers.

Mcalpine helped found and fund the black­lis­ter.

Howard Beck­ett, of Unite, said: “It is a stain on our democ­racy that a firm with a his­tory of black­list­ing should be awarded such a con­tract.”

Mcalpine has said its links to black­list­ing “are firmly in the past”.

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