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UK: Union at InterContinental Hotels calls for respect of living wage & freedom of association rights; includes company statement
Travel Weekly Group, 29 Apr 2014

UK: Blacklisted engineer says construction firms & police conspire to blacklist activists
Guardian (UK), 20 Aug 2013

UK: Unite says it has evidence that "blacklisting" of union workers is still occurring in construction industry
BBC, 10 Jun 2013

UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of association criticises UK restrictions on strikes & practice of blacklisting in construction industry - includes statement from Special Rapporteur
Institute of Employment Rights, 1 Feb 2013

UK: Calls for inquiry over claims construction industry uses database to "blacklist" workers based on employment history & trade union activity
BBC, 23 Jan 2013

UK: Trade union accuses Honda of "union-busting" following revelation of internal documents - company says it is investigating
Dan Milmo, Observer (UK), 16 Oct 2011

UK: Govt. watchdog rules 14 construction firms unlawfully blacklisted workers over trade union activities
Rob Evans, Guardian (UK), 4 Aug 2009

UK: Blacklisting of union members by companies to be outlawed
Rob Evans, Guardian (UK), 10 May 2009

UK: Private equity company Lion Capital, owners of Kettle Foods, employs US consultancy to dissuade workers from unionising
David Hencke, Guardian (UK), 1 Oct 2007

UK: Asda fined £850,000 for discriminating against union members
BBC, 10 Feb 2006

UK & US unions warn against increasing use of "union-busting" consultants, such as Burke Group, in the UK
Andrew Taylor, Financial Times, 12 Feb 2003    

UK: Activist “was unfairly demoted” for trade union activities
Dick Murray, Evening Standard (UK), 30 Sep, 2002

UK: Employers in the UK are unlawfully allowed to discriminate against workers who want to join a union - European Court of Human Rights
BBC, 2 Jul 2002

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