The days of organisations like the Economic League and the Consulting Association keeping lists of political activists and trade union militants are, thankfully, long gone. These organisations were products of the 20th Century, though the CA managed to continue into the present century until it was closed down by the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) after years of campaigning and investigations by union activists and others. But since those organisations’ demise, blacklisting has not only survived but is flourishing, thanks partly to the widening role of HR departments and recruitment agencies and their ongoing links with the intelligence arms of government, and partly to the impact of social media on our lives. Also, blacklisting in today’s brave new world is not just about preventing industrial action, but about profiling workers to ensure they are compliant, have the right corporate attitude and are most definitely not ‘radical’. Below are examples of…

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