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Consulting Association blacklist: The response

Major contractors have offered responses to allegations they used a blacklist from the “Consulting Association” to vet employees.

NG Bailey said it was taking the claims “extremely seriously” and had launched a thorough investigation into the claims. BAM Construct denied it had ever used or been in possession of the list.

“We have never had a blacklist or bought any,” a spokesman said, though he admitted it was a member of The Consulting Association.

Representatives attended no more than one meeting a year, and that the body was used by Bam as a networking opportunity and no more, he said. “Our trade union relations are very good,” he added.

Laing O’Rourke, said it recognised firms it had bought had been involved in the past but it no longer tolerated it.

“The relationship has now ceased,” it said in a statement. “Laing O’Rourke has a very clear policy of solely hiring staff on merit and capabilities, irrespective of their background.”

In a statement, Balfour Beatty said it “does not condone the use of blacklists in any circumstances.

“We have taken steps to ensure that none of our companies use the services of the Consulting Association, and will of course co-operate fully with the Information Commissioner in his investigation, and in addressing any concerns that he may have.”

A spokesman for Miller Group said the firm placed great importance on best practice. He said: “Miller Group has a clear employment policy of hiring staff based on their merit and capabilities.

“We are investigating this issue and will, of course, ensure that we comply with all relevant legislation.”