The last three decades have seen a systematic erosion of workers’ rights, with a deliberate undermining of trade unions, leading to a precarious, casualised labour force at the mercy of their employers. One way in which workers can fight back is by documenting unscrupulous working practices, and their opposition to them.
Radical Film Network Scotland is highlighting this growing trend with a programme of short films made by trade union members.
Dave Smith has been a leading figure in taking on and exposing these injustices, and written a book about these experiences. He is a founding member of the Blacklist Support Group, a justice campaign and support network who uncovered the fact that building contractors had for decades compiled a secret database of union members in the UK construction industry, and blacklisted anyone who had raised concerns about their working practices.
I asked Dave some questions about the work of the group.
How did the Blacklist Support Group form?