Friday, 17 March 2017

AGENCY BLACKLISTING - ICO INVESTIGATION

The legal claim against Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Limited (BBESL), (and recently rebranded as Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick Limited) was accompanied by claims against nine recruitment agencies from their preferred supplier list. These were all agencies I had applied to for the very same BBESL 'Delivery Unit Labour Manager' position. 

Similar to Balfour Beatty, many of these agencies had access to unlimited legal resources for the preliminary hearing in October 2016. I was an unemployed litigant in person against multiple legal teams for the respondents, and as such, was unable to convince the judge to progress the agency claims through to a full hearing. 

Notwithstanding this, the blacklisting claim against Balfour Beatty was progressed to a full five day hearing.

As the legal process in relation to these agency claims has now concluded, the Information Commissioner can now start the process of investigating the evidence presented to them. As previously reported, one of these agencies had previously made a legal application to prevent me from forwarding my evidence to the Information Commissioner and failed miserably. That agency was Construction & Property Recruitment Limited, who are based in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

The full list of agency respondents in relation to the BBESL 'Delivery Unit Labour Manager' position were:

NRL - Nationwide

Advantage xPO - Based in Balfour Beatty's UK wide offices

Construction & Property Recruitment - Edinburgh

Orion Engineering Services - Inverness

First Military Recruitment - Cirencester

Application Recruitment - Edinburgh

Highfield Professional Solutions - Southampton

Westlakes Recruit - Cockermouth

Aventas Group - Glasgow

I am advised that the Information Commissioner's office has now opened its investigation into these agencies.

Please contact James Hayward (james.hayward@ico.org.uk) at the Information Commissioner's Office if you have any information on these companies. 

I will also now be publishing all the relevant evidence, witness statement, skeleton argument, etc relating to these claims as soon as I can.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

AGENCY BLACKLISTING - BCL RECRUITMENT

The following is an extract from a text message sent by recruitment consultant, Grace Griffiths from recruitment agency, BCL Recruitment to pipefitter Tim Irwin last Monday.

"Well done mate"

"You will be blacklisted from every agency in London and Kent now" 

"I've done this a long time so good luck getting another job" 

"You must be a special kind of stupid if you can't even read a text" 

The text (which can be downloaded HERE) continues with various insults towards him.

I have spoken to Grace, who informed me that she could not blacklist anyone as she did not have access to the computer system at head office. 

BCL Recruitment's website is HERE

On this they state the following in the 'About Us' section:

"BCL employ the creme of the crop in respect of our staff" 

The website details the actual company as Bullet Contracting Limited (Company 07781001). A Companies House search reveals the only registered Director as Francis Joseph Boyle. I did contact Mr Boyle for comment, only to be laughed at by Amy at his office.

Yesterday, Tim received a call from a man called Raman Sunmonu, who informed him that Grace actually worked for his company, Sidney Mould Recruitment (Company 10392824). 

Mr Sunmomu described the text from Grace as "disgusting" and informed Tim that Grace was no longer working for him as a result.

A Linkedin search earlier this week reveals Grace's actual employer for the last three years as BCL Recruitment. However, the Linkedin page was taken down yesterday. 

Saturday, 11 March 2017

BBC PANORAMA - MIKE CONNOLLY

Does anyone know the location of recruitment consultant Mike Connolly? Ex Carillion (Crown House), Amec, Balfour Beatty, NRL. Originally from Liverpool. 

Mike, if you're reading this, please get in touch. Panorama producer, Richard Cookson would like to talk to you about NRL's database records on blacklisted workers.

You can contact him direct on richard@richardcookson.org

The original post on NRL from 2014 can be viewed HERE and HERE



Monday, 6 March 2017

PHILIP GREEN, CARILLION & THE PM

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have now finally responded to my MP, David Hanson on this matter.

Mr Hanson originally wrote to Teresa May in October 2016, highlighting my evidence about Carillion's blacklisting lies. The Prime Minister then referred the matter to the Secretary of State for Business, Greg Clarke later that month.

Mr Clarke did not provide a response for over two months, which resulted in Mr Hanson having to write to him again on 10 January 2017. This was also ignored, which resulted in Mr Hanson having to further write to Mr Clarke on 9 February 2017.  

My original post highlighting Carillion's lies is HERE

The response (some four months later) from Margot James MP (received today) can now be downloaded HERE

Her carefully worded statement states that Philip Green no longer holds the position of advisor to the Prime Minister on corporate social responsibility.