Spies at work:

Spies at Work website is now dedicated to resources - including links to websites - about the history of employment blacklisting, particularly, but not exclusively the activities of the Economic League in the UK. 

Check out our new tab - The Blacklist - where you can see pages of League's 1980 black list.

Blacklisting News:

A Hundred Years Of Fighting 

The League and its Legacy 

On 6th March the Blacklisting Support Group will be marking the On 6th March the Blacklisting Support Group will be marking the 10thanniversary of the ICOs revelations of about the work of the Consulting Association. Despite  a massive legal settlement  by some of the construction companies involved the powerful point will be made that blacklisting continues, and that there is not adequate legal protection for workers, especially those in the gig economy from concerted attempts to exclude people form the workplace for exercising their political rights and their legal rights to campaign and organise for better and safer workplaces. 
Ironically the 6thMarch 2019 is as close as possible to the actual formation of the Economic League in 1919, in a meeting room in 4 Dean’s Yard a short walk from Parliament where many of the founders were Conservative members of the Commons or Lords.


We know that is what happened because in 1969 the League told us about how it was founded in a pamphlet called “Fifty Fighting Years”. You can now read about this, and some - but not all  - of what they had been up to in the intervening years, and some – but not all – of the reasons for what they were doing:

Download 50 Fighting Years

Sir George Makgill

After 30 years of trying I have finally tracked down an image of s key chsracter in the creation and development of the Economic Leagues and more generallythe far right from the before the start oft First World. That person is Sir George Makgill. Bit of an anti climax he's just as mean looking as you'd expect from his CV. 

Other researchers in the field may well be interested. This is a lower resolution image if you want a higher resolution image let me know by email at mike.hughes@spiesatwork.org.uk.

Blacklisting History:

In 1994 Mike Hughes wrote the first complete history of te Economic league from its creation at the end of the first world war to its collapse in 1993.

This has now been revised updated and republished.

The revised version of Spies at Work is now available to purchase as an ebook  and as a real book from Lulu publishing.

Download the paperback here: paperback

Download the e book here: e book 

Some of material from Spies at Work of the material iis in clouded on the Powerbase entry on the League:


Blacklisting Resources Available Here:

See the tabs on the bar at the top of the page for links to lists of companies as down-loadable files and an organisational chart.

Useful Links to documents on other sites

Coming Shortly will be links and copies of:

  • primary published sources from the league (leaflets and booklets they have published)
  • primary unpublished sources (internal and leaked documents)
  • Videos of investigations of the league.
How you can help us find more resources:

Information about the League is not easy to find, and there is no complete archive. If you have material that you think would be useful to historians and researchers please feel free to contact us.