Major court victory for blacklisted construction workers 9.5.16


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"Workers who say they were blacklisted by construction companies have won millions in compensation after a long-running legal battle finally ended.


The union Unite has reached a settlement with construction firms that will mean 256 workers share more than £10m in compensation.

The amount will depend on factors such as loss of income.

In some cases, the blacklist included details of worker's political views, competence, and trade union activities.

The list had been used by dozens of construction firms to vet those applying for work on building sites."

See: UK: Construction workers win payouts for 'blacklisting' (BBC News, link)

And: GMB Win £5.4m Against Blacklisters (pdf): A news article from the GMB union that includes details on the amount of compensation paid by region; the number of workers and settlements received by area; a list of the companies known to have used the blacklisting services of the Consulting Association; a list managers named as blacklisters; and the number of blacklisted workers in different parts of the UK. The original can be found online here (link).

See also: Scots blacklisted in undercover spying scandal are victims of serious human rights violations, claims lawyer(Daily Record, link): "SCOTS who were blacklisted in an undercover spying scandal have been victims of serious human rights violations, a leading lawyer has claimed.

Michael Mansfield QC, who represented families of the Hillsborough disaster victims, warned that “systemic deception” by police was not limited to England."

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