I think this is a really interesting discussion point and I would love to know what other Libertarians’ views on the matter are…
Thousands of construction workers have been secretly blacklisted and denied jobs on building projects like the London Olympics, the Sunday People can reveal.
And many of them still do not know why they cannot find work.
Their names were passed to more than 40 construction firms including Balfour Beatty, Sir Robert McAlpine and Laing O’Rourke.
Now I think we can all agree that every employer should be free to employ whomever they please on whatever terms are agreeable to both parties. And also be free to refuse employment to anyone they wish on whatever grounds they wish.
However I believe blacklists sit in a grey area. They almost strike me as a form of libel against the blacklisted worker. And in my eyes the data held has three significant weaknesses. It could be circumstantial, subjective and or no longer relevant.
Anyway, I would be really interested in people’s opinions on this topic and specifically why you think these lists exist? Are they the unintended consequences of poor regulation? Are they legal? Could a newspaper get away with publishing stories based on similar evidence? And do you think the workers on these lists have the right to sue? And or a realistic chance of winning?