Date of release: Monday, September 12, 2016

Blacklisting, Bullying and Whistleblowing ConferenceJohn McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, is just one of many high-profile speakers attending a University of Greenwich conference later this week.

He will be joined by experts from trade unions, the legal profession and from academia at Blacklisting, Bullying & Blowing the Whistle, on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September.

In addition, a book launch, a film premiere and an art installation will also be taking place.

The conference will address issues in the modern workplace which are often neglected by mainstream media. Subjects include the ways in which surveillance and intensified control operate in the workplace, and community campaigns and civil rights activism will also be discussed.

Open sessions and workshops will consider the blacklisting and victimisation of activists and the treatment of whistleblowers – in other words, those who highlighted corporate malpractice in the private sector or failures in public service provision.

The book to be launched, Blacklisted: the secret war between big business and union activists, is by Dave Smith and Phil Chamberlain, and published by New Internationalist. John McDonnell said of the title: "It makes a significant contribution to telling the truth of the blacklist."

The film, Blacklisted, is directed by Tom Wood and is described as being "about power, the organisations that wield it and the people who fought back". The trailer can be seen here:

Acclaimed graphic artists, film makers and photographers contribute to the exhibition. The art is supportive of the struggle for justice and concentrates on the core themes of the conference.

Free and open to all, the event runs from 11am until 5pm both days and takes place in the Stephen Lawrence Building, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, London SE10 9LS.

Union members, students, lawyers and journalists are welcome, as is anyone with an interest in improving employment rights for working people.

On the Friday, there will be a Blacklisting Victory Party, held at the Students' Union in the Cooper Building, King William Walk.

Booking is recommended. For more information, please visit:

The conference has been organised by the university's Work & Employment Research Unit (WERU), part of the Business School, and by the Blacklist Support Group. It is supported by New Internationalist and Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.


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