The Government has announced that it will take steps to prevent the use of blacklists to deny workers employment as a result of union activity or membership.

A consultation on whether to outlaw blacklists had already taken place in 2003 where the Government decided not to legislate on the issue in the absence of any hard evidence that blacklisting was taking place. There will now be a shorter consultation to take account of recent developments that seem to show that blacklisting is being used by employers. In March this year, the Information Commissioner used his powers to close a database containing the details of union activity and other employment information of over 3,000 construction workers.

The Government intends to lay the regulations before Parliament in the autumn, and to implement them as soon as possible thereafter