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