The beginning of a group action which could lead to eight construction companies having to pay millions of pounds in compensation to hundreds of blacklisted workers starts tomorrow (Thursday 10 July) in the High Court.
Britain’s largest union Unite will be asking the High Court to serve a Group Litigation Order (GLO) paving the way for over 3,000 blacklisted workers to come together with minimal legal expense to claim damages.
The hearing at 10:30am follows last week’s launch of the Construction Workers Compensation Scheme which the union denounced as an empty gesture which did not go far enough.
The union will also be asking the court to refuse the blacklisters access to the database seized by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) containing the names of 3,213 blacklisted companies.
The eight companies involved are: Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Keir, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and Vinci.
Commenting, Unite assistant general secretary, Gail Cartmail, said: “It is a disgrace that even our modest demand that blacklisted workers should be provided a job and upskilled has fallen on deaf ears.
“The compensation scheme launched by the blacklisters is an empty gesture. It is laughable that the companies who blacklisted should now say they know what is best for their victims. The only way to secure justice is through the High Court action today.”
Unite’s executive director for legal services Howard Beckett added: “We would urge all blacklisted workers to ignore attempts by the eight blacklisting companies to buy them off through the inadequate compensation scheme launched last week.
“The only way to secure justice and proper compensation for the damage wrought by blacklisting is by joining the group action organised by Unite legal services. It a fight that no individual could possibly take without union legal aid.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.