Industry giants launch blacklist compensation scheme

Grant Prior 8 years ago
Share

Eight major contractors caught-up in the blacklist scandal  have launched a compensation scheme for construction workers on The Consulting Association database.

The companies – Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and VINCI – are all “apologising for their involvement with TCA and the impact that its database may have had on any individual construction worker.”

The eight have joined together to establish The Construction Workers Compensation Scheme.

The scheme is intended to “make it as simple as possible for any worker with a legitimate claim to access compensation.”

The companies have now invited workers’ representatives to enter into talks about how the scheme will work.

A statement from the eight said: “We have discussed the scheme with a number of other construction companies.

“We encourage participation from across the industry and would welcome interest from any company that had been a user of, or subscriber to, TCA.

“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.”

Workers hit by the blacklist are currently pursuing compensation claims through the courts.

Sean Curran – partner at Guney Clark & Ryan solicitors for the High Court claim said:  “GCR cautiously welcomes the proposal for an industry wide compensation scheme.

“Our primary commitment is to achieve justice for the claimants we represent and we will not be diverted from this aim.

“We make it clear that we will not consent to any agreement that does not properly reflect the serious emotional and financial distress that our clients have so unjustifiably suffered.

“It is our hope that any proposal adequately reflects the injustice so inherent in the very concept of blacklisting.”

A spokesman for the Blacklist Support Group said:  “It is no coincidence that all of the companies signed up to Blacklisting Compensation Scheme are named defendants in the High Court claim.

“This is a cynical move intended to reduce corporate reputational damage.”

Latest news

Cleveland Bridge administrators to resume production

Staff will be contacted this week to finish contracts as buyer sought
54 mins ago

Campaigners win court fight to block £1.7bn Stonehenge tunnel

High Court judge quashes development consent granted by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps
2 days ago

£350m Manchester twin skyscraper plan approved

Twin 56-storey residential towers to join Great Jackson Street cluster
3 days ago

Ballymore strikes deal for 2,800-home West London site

Partnership deal with Sainsbury's for 18-acre canalside site at Ladbroke Grove
2 days ago

Utilities firm Fulcrum plunges to £11.5m loss

Firm hit by second wave lockdowns delaying contract awards and mobilisations
2 days ago

Green light for £100m UK Holocaust Memorial building

Work to start later this year on large memorial building next to Parliament
2 days ago

Government pledges another £81m for cycle lanes

Highway Code to be revamped to prioritise cyclists
2 days ago

Long Scottish Covid lockdown cost Robertson £11.5m

Private building group plunged into £6.1m trading loss by 3 month lockdown
3 days ago

Funding deal green lights £40m modular student scheme

Financier Maslow Capital backs Audley Modular Student Living’s latest scheme in Edinburgh
2 days ago

North East contractor stops work on sites

Kapex Construction staff confirm they are no longer working for the company
3 days ago

Construction Manager of the Year finalists revealed

Full list of 77 of the industry's brightest talents
3 days ago

Record £860m pumped into 1,000 flood schemes this year

New six-year flood and coastal erosion investment plan commits to record £5.2bn spend
3 days ago

Forterra to spend £27m on high-end brick factory

Brick and block producer closes Bison precast site in face of margin pressure on 'grey concrete' products
3 days ago

Scottish retention reform plan put to Government

Government working group recommends ringfenced accounts and automatic retention release
3 days ago

Scaffolder hits overhead power line with pole

Contractor fined £333,333 after accident at commercial glasshouse site
3 days ago

Contractor hunt starts for Thames flood scheme

Contracts worth £275m up for grabs
4 days ago

CBRE pays £960m for 60% stake in Turner & Townsend

Deal values consultant at £1.6bn
5 days ago

Tetra Tech buys M&E consultant Hoare Lea

More than 900 staff to switch over to fast-growing US consulting group
4 days ago

Tideway breakthrough links all three tunnel sections

Key 75m connector tunnel breakthrough joins all tunnels for first time
4 days ago

Demolition and groundworks £1.6bn framework launched

Pagabo to hold webinar next month for interested companies: Register now
5 days ago

Go-ahead for £18m revamp of Army & Navy warehouse

Architect SPPARC redesigns historic Westminster site
4 days ago

Student rooms developer to strip HPL cladding from 22 buildings

Unite says cladding retrofit to cost £96m over next three years
5 days ago

House builders start to flesh out net-zero plan

Industry commits to first zero-carbon ready homes by 2025
5 days ago

John Sisk doubles cash pile to £62m despite profit fall

Profit almost halves to £2.8m as margin squeezed to 0.7% last year
5 days ago

Plans go in for £48m Derby arena

Construction set to start early next year
6 days ago

Costain to lead “electric road” trial for HGV charging

Electric lorries could be charged on the move by overhead power lines
5 days ago

Willmott Dixon gets go-ahead for Oldham secondary school

Work to start on £22m town centre school immediately
5 days ago

Mobile crane hirer Cadman joins vegetable oil revolution

Whole fleet to be converted to diesel alternative by end of this year
5 days ago

Go-ahead for 27-storey tower next to Shard

Edge London Bridge hailed as first of a new generation of office towers in London
6 days ago

Firms primed for £50m Hertfordshire police HQ

Contest to start in October for Welwyn Garden City blue light job
6 days ago

Contractor services