Unite has set-up a special ‘hotline’ as around 1200 victims and families receive letters from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) telling them they were blacklisted through a conspiracy involving 44 construction companies spanning decades.
The union is urging those that receive the shock revelations not to fall for employer attempts to lock them into a compensation scheme called The Workers Compensation Scheme, which is not yet ready, has not been agreed by the unions, and any compensation could fall far short of what the victims could otherwise get through union representation. Representation facilitated by Unite in respect of blacklisting claims guarantees that 100 per cent of any award is paid to the member.
Instead, Unite is urging its members to contact the Unite ‘hotline’ on 0800 587 7539 which will immediately direct you to the union’s lawyers who will advise callers on the next steps.
In March 2009 the Information Commissioner’s Office raided the offices of the Consulting Association and exposed the existence of a blacklist containing the details of 3,213 construction workers. They also found that the blacklist had been used by over 40 UK construction companies...click here for more..
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