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Compensation for blacklisted builders

Oct 10

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Companies refuse to accept liability but agree to pay out

Several of the UK's biggest building firms are to compensate workers who were blacklisted from working on building sites.

The eight companies have apologised for their involvement with an organisation that kept the list but have not admitted liability.

Trade unions say thousands of people on the list were denied work for years.

Justin Bowden, national officer for the GMB union, told the BBC the next step for the companies was to "clean up and pay up".

"The victims and their families will either be fairly compensated including the offer of jobs or GMB will ensure justice for its members through the High Court," he said.

The list was held by a company called The Consulting Association (TCA) who held information on 3,200 workers.

While most on it were members of unions, some had simply raised health and safety concerns on sites.

In a statement, the companies - Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O'Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and Vinci - said they all apologised "for their involvement with TCA and the impact that its database may have had on any individual construction worker".

While the construction firms have not admitted liability for any involvement in blacklisting, they are asking unions to work with them to establish a compensation scheme.

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said, "Many of these workers have spent years out of work as a result of being blacklisted. Employers have a moral duty to give them back the jobs that were wrongly taken away from them."



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