The Employment Relations Act 1999 (Blacklisting) Regulations 2010 make it unlawful to prohibit – or “blacklist” – workers from employment as a result of their current or past trade union membership or activities. The regulations mean the compilation, use, sale or supply of blacklists  containing details of people who are, or have been, trade union members or who are taking part, or have taken part, in trade union activities is unlawful. If blacklisting is used by an employer to discriminate in relation to recruitment, dimissal or other treatment of existing workers, the affected individuals may submit a complaint to the employment tribunal.

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