Companies that are involved in “blacklisting” trade union members for union-related activities such as raising health and safety concerns at work will be legally excluded from bidding for public contracts in Scotland, under new regulations due in force on 18 April 2016.

The move means public bodies in Scotland will be required to exclude from public contract tenders businesses that have breached the Blacklists Regulations 2010 or which have admitted to doing so. The Blacklists Regulations place a general prohibition on the compilation, use, sale and supply of blacklists of trade union members and activists for the purpose of discriminating against them on the grounds of union membership or union-related activities. Individuals who believe they have been refused employment, dismissed or unfairly treated due to blacklisting can take the organisation concerned to an employment tribunal.

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