Blacklisted construction workers win compensation from firms

Hundreds of workers who were victimised as part of an illegal blacklisting system, have won compensation from the construction firms.

Approximately 420 trade unionists have secured compensation damages from major construction firms four years after launching legal action.

In February 2016 blacklist victims were awarded compensation sharing £5.6m between them, on Friday 29 April it was announced that there had been an out-of-court settlements arranged with the firms.

Another group of up to ninety workers have yet to settle and due to have their cases heard on Monday 9 May. The total number of the agreed compensation settlement has not been disclosed, but according to campaigners it could reach £50 million..

Legal action was launched after it was revealed that firms were funding a system that allowed them to read confidential files of workers, which listed workers as “trouble-makers,” preventing workers from getting jobs for long periods of time.                              

More than 600 workers have received compensation following the illegal scheme that saw worker’s careers ruined after they were blacklisted by firms.

Chairman of Blacklist Support Group Steve Acheson: “What has already been achieved is a massive victory for the trade union movement, but the fight is not over yet.

“Until such time that the full conspiracy is exposed and those responsible for the human rights abuse are called to account in a court of law, we will never stop fighting.”

Over thirty firms and four executives faced legal action for their part in the blacklisting system including: Balfour Beatty, Costain, Sir Robert McApline and Vinci.

The blacklisting system was exposed in 2006 after construction manager Alan Wainwright revealed the details of the system that ran in Worcestershire.

In 2009 watchdog body Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), shut down the blacklist after they uncovered files that held 3,200 workers detailing their working life and trade union activity.

Posted on April 29th, 2016 in Employment

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