A MSP has sparked fury by claiming blacklisted workers might have been trying to hurt their employers.
Hundreds of Scots were put on illegal blacklists by sinister group The Consulting Association, who were paid by construction firms.
Many of those who lost their livelihoods were targeted because they were union members or had raised health and safety concerns.
But SNP MSP Chic Brodie – who was a Lib Dem for many years before defecting – appeared to defend the practice when the issue was raised at Holyrood.
He asked union leaders: “Do you believe all the people blacklisted are bona fide good employees or do you think they might – just might – have had a different agenda?”
His comments were slammed by Labour and the unions.Neil Findlay MSP, who is campaigning for a full public inquiry into blacklisting, said: “He should apologise for this slur on workers whose careers and family life have been devastated.”
Unite Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty said: “Chic Brodie’s comments are ridiculous and unacceptable. His outrageous implication seems to be that some people deserved to be blacklisted.”
An SNP spokesman last night distanced the party from Brodie’s remarks.
He said: “The SNP is totally opposed to blacklisting or the compiling of a blacklist.
“Trade Unions – who have a proud history and significant future in protecting workers rights in Scotland – have been invited to work with the Scottish Government on the development of guidance for public bodies on addressing the issue in future procurement processes and public contracts.”