Blacklisted Construction Workers Get Compensation!
Construction workers' blacklist: Staff denied jobs because of union involvement offered compensation of just £1,000 each.
Construction workers on an industry blacklist were offered compensation of just £1,000 each. The payout offer was branded a "travesty of justice" by union UCATT.
The payouts to staff who were denied jobs because of union involvement have been branded an insult and a bid to gag them.
The list of 3,213 people, run by 40 firms, was found in a raid by watchdogs.
But payouts would be limited as many do not even know they are on it.
The revelations come ahead of a High Court action this month to seek compensation for 100 blacklisted workers.
Union UCATT called the offers a "travesty of justice".
General secretary Steve Murphy said: "The companies involved are trying to buy the silence of workers for as little as £1,000."
The blacklist was kept by an organisation called the Consulting Association, which was raided by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
It was later closed down.
It emerged last night that some on the list have since been offered payouts of up to £100,000.
It comes as Business Secretary Vince Cable insisted a probe into industrial relations will examine "rogue" bosses as well as union activities.
“Are you blacklisted” asks Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.