£5.6m compensation payout to 71 blacklist victims

Aaron Morby 2 years ago
Share

Seventy-one construction workers have received blacklisting compensation payouts averaging nearly £80,000 each.

The £5.6m full and final settlement payout is the first tranche of compensation to members of construction union UCATT from major contractors caught up in the blacklisting scandal.

Some individual payments among the bricklayers and carpenters were as high as £200,000 to compensate workers for years when they were denied employment.

Negotiations for a further 89 workers who were victims of blacklisting are also on going. If these are not settled, the cases will go to trial in May.

Other cases involving hundreds of blacklisted workers are pending with the backing of the unions Unite and GMB, and the Blacklist Support Group.

Brian Rye, acting general secretary of UCATT, said: “The union has been fighting the blacklisting case since the day it was revealed.

“This initial tranche of compensation is the first significant milestone in the battle to win justice for blacklisted workers.”

As well as financial compensation, the union’s lawyers are also trying to secure a formal apology made in the High Court to the victims of blacklisting.

They also want agreement that contractors concerned will provide training and future support to any of the victims who require it in order to assist them re-joining the industry.

There is also a determination to ensure that all documentation in the case is preserved so that if a public inquiry is secured into the scandal, the information can be properly examined.

UCATT’s lawyers are also attempting to secure a guarantee that if any further documents are discovered relating to the blacklisting of workers or their personal information, the individual is given access to them and they are then destroyed by the blacklisting companies, in order to prevent future blacklisting.

Latest news

McLaren lands new HQ for consultant Dar Group

John F Hunt to start demolition work in August to make way for new nine-storey scheme
3 hours ago

On-site training boost to ease skills shortages

New £22m Construction Skills Fund now open for applications
2 mins ago

Chandler promoted to Wates board

Wates MD, Paul Chandler, ushers in nearly £3bn of new business
35 mins ago

Legal firm moves into cost consultancy

Blake Morgan hires former Aecom director to head project management and cost consultancy
1 hour ago

Fire destroys Kier restoration of Glasgow School of Art

Second major blaze in four years reduces £35m of repair work to ashes
2 days ago

Race starts to build £20m Basildon cinema complex

Basildon town centre’s planned East Square cinema complex up for grabs
6 hours ago

One in four MPs now back retention reform

Aldous Bill second reading delayed to October
6 hours ago

Late payment delays hit 42 days for subcontractors

Firms waiting longer for money despite raft of initiatives to speed up payment
6 hours ago

Mace wins £90m Tunbridge Wells civic centre complex

Mace to agree final design and build price in April 2019 on theatre and civic offices
16 hours ago

Caledonian wins £27m haul of MoD orders

Modular specialist ramps up production for MoD Lyneham and Worthy Down projects
6 hours ago

Forrest bags fifth X1 scheme at Chatham Docks

£58m Chatham Waters build to rent blocks get underway
7 hours ago

Mace slims down construction divisions

Former Carillion operations boss to head Mace major projects arm
3 days ago

Subcontractors write-off £2.8bn in bad debts every year

Average firm hit by £16,000 annually in unpaid bills
3 days ago

Pochin’s hires ex-Balfour boss to head construction arm

Jon Adams appointed managing director of Pochin Construction
3 days ago

Wates scoops £150m Birmingham office scheme

Work to start on phase one of Axis Square city centre scheme in February
4 days ago

Faulty tower scaffold led to fatal roof fall

Court hears how a catalogue of mistakes led to death plunge
3 days ago

UCL East starts race for £90m student blocks

Bidding starts for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park student accommodation
4 days ago

Firefighters and sprinklers contain tower block blaze

Fire breaks out in London 20-storey block of flats on Grenfell anniversary
4 days ago

Heating engineer wins landmark workers rights battle

Pimlico Plumbers boss warns industry faces "tsunami" of self-employed claims
5 days ago

Network Rail ordered to spend an extra £1bn on renewals

Rail watchdog wants more spent replacing worn out rails and smoother spend over CP6
5 days ago

Site cleaners and chefs will no longer need skills cards

CSCS to phase out visitor cards for non construction staff
4 days ago

Costain moving to bigger construction technology centre

Contractor continues to ramp up investment in tech innovations
4 days ago

Green light for £150m Crawley mixed-use regeneration

Tenders due back this month for Crawley town centre rebuild
4 days ago

Wates on the hunt for South West subcontractors

Meet the Buyer event next month: Register now
4 days ago

Problem job sees Multiplex profit slump to £4.4m

Order book rises to £4.2bn on back of major tower projects
5 days ago

Boost your online presence – join the new Enquirer Directory

New site for suppliers and buyers will showcase their products, services and latest stories
2 months ago

Interserve sees shareholder revolt over chief’s pay

More than 17% of shareholders vote against executive remuneration report
5 days ago

Gatwick ramps up five-year spend to £1.1bn

Total investment since airport changed hands rises to £3.14bn
6 days ago

Betting Spy: Spain to reign at World Cup

Spain to edge out Brazil in final while England can have a bold run to the quarter finals
6 days ago

BAM to start main build on £50m Cardiff student centre

Construction to start this year on Centre for Student Life
5 days ago

Contractor services