COUNCILLORS have unanimously backed plans to support a campaign to ban blacklisting in the construction industry.
John Divers, Labour councillor for Elgin South put forward the motion at a meeting of the full council earlier this month.
He said the practice of excluding workers from employment for being members of a union or for highlighting health and safety issuer was "abhorrent."
Councillor Divers thanked the work already done by Moray MP Angus Robertson and MSP Richard Lochhead in bringing the issue to the forefront of their respective parliaments, as well as Moray Trade Union Council.
The GMB and UNITE unions have been leading a national campaign forcing companies using information often recovered covertly, to apologise and pay compensation.
Private firm Consulting Association, collated the list and sold it on to companies looking to recruit staff.
Action has already been taken against the consultancy and businesses who have been found to discriminate against those included on the list.
Labour member for Fochabers Lhanbryde Sean Morton seconded the proposal.
He said: "Excluding people from working in any industry simply for standing up for their rights is completely unacceptable in civilised society."
As well as supporting the campaign, Moray councillors will also urge the Scottish Government to publish its guidance on excluding companies involved in blacklisting for competing for local authority and other public sector contracts, until they can demonstrate appropriate remedial action has been taken.
Councillor Divers welcomed the unanimous support for the proposal.
"It shows how seriously Moray councillors take this abhorrent and underhanded practice known as blacklisting.
"This not only affects members of unions but anyone who has ever had to stand up for their rights in the workplace."
Mike Shand, SNP councillor for Elgin North, is also a long-time member of Moray TUC.
He added: "Blacklisting of workers who have raised issues about health and safety and employment right through trade unions or of their own accord should never be allowed to happen.
"It is an appalling practice and companies involved in it should be rightly condemned."