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Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of the West of England (UWE) Phil Chamberlain dropped by this evening to give us all a sneak preview into his forthcoming August 2014 book with Dave Smith: 'Blacklisted: The Secret War between Big Business and Union Activists'
The Consulting Association blacklist scandal was the worst human rights abuse of workers in the UK for 60 years. This book tells the new and controversial story of the covert illegal strategies that multinational construction companies were willing to resort to in their attempt to keep union activists away from their places of work. This is a story of a bitter unionised struggle, where spying and collusion with the police and security services resulted in victimisation, violence and long-term unemployment leading to the destruction of families and communities.
Based on first hand accounts of the workers, Blacklisted reveals how they unionised major construction projects, how they were unlawfully victimised for their troubles and how they finally won justice for their years of pain.
From building sites to the High Court and parliament, this is a story of ordinary working men taking on some of the most powerful multinational construction firms in the world: a modern-day David and Goliath.
Elia Pablo and Ed Lander talk this wewek to the Executive Director of the Open Rights Group (ORG) Jim Killock about this weeks Heartbleed revelations where it appears the security services NSA & GCHQ have detected vulnerabilities in http encryption which could be used by criminals but have kept it secret from governments and the public who fund them.
Jason Yannacopoulos takes a look through some of this week's news story beginning with the shocking news that the Conservative mayor of Swindon Nick Martin, now resigned, was a Eugenicist who believes that disabled people should not be allowed to have children. Crisis in the NHS as 2/3 of trusts are set to go bust and Tony Blair welcomes the delay of several years of the Chilcot report which could help convict him for war crimes, its publication has been delayed until after the next election.