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Construction giants agree to compensate blacklisted workers

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October 10 2013

Construction giants agree to compensate blacklisted workers
Eight of Britain’s biggest construction firms; Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O'Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and VINCI, have agreed to compensate 3,200 workers whose names were placed on an industry ‘blacklist’.

The practice involved each firm collaborating in drawing up a list of employees who management deemed to be troublemakers, administered by an arms-length organisation called The Consulting Association (TCA).

Individuals named on the list claim they were added for raising health and safety concerns and were subsequently unable to obtain work.

Now the eight have agreed to set up a Construction Workers Compensation Scheme to act as a vehicle for those affected to seek recompense.

In a joint statement the firms said: "The companies all apologise for their involvement with TCA and the impact that its database may have had on any individual construction worker.

"The companies have invited workers' representatives to enter into a period of engagement to ensure that the proposed terms of the scheme are fair and effective. The group is also engaging with other interested parties.

"At this time we are not able to share any further information on the proposed scheme. However, once engagement with the workers' representatives has concluded, we will announce full details of the scheme which we would like to open to applicants as soon as possible.

"The companies involved in the scheme would support the introduction of a code of conduct to ensure nothing like this can happen within the construction industry again."

3 Comments

bill
#1 Posted by bill on 10 Oct 2013 at 12:24 PM
All very well for the likes of these organisations to agree to “compensate” the individuals that they blacklisted

But will the compensation they offer be of a sufficient amount to compensate for the years of misery they have cause hard working individuals ?

This is media spin to try and cover their corporate backs

SHAME on you

Balfour Beatty
Carillion
Costain
Kier
Laing O'Rourke
Sir Robert McAlpine
Skanska UK
and VINCI
wonky
#2 Posted by wonky on 11 Oct 2013 at 10:11 AM
Steady on now Bill old boy- are you sware of the far of centre reactionary Britain we're all part of now? One where pee the bed Milliband is satirized as a radical marxist malcontent for capping energy tariffs- your comments will have you labelled an anarcho-yndicalist.
Philip
#3 Posted by Philip on 14 Oct 2013 at 18:04 PM
No
These organisations need to be held to account for their actions.

The Welsh Government have the right idea.

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