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Union claims blacklisting compensation payouts made

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Construction workers who were victims of ’blacklisting’ have allegedly received compensation settlements worth £5.6M.

According to construction union Ucatt, 71 members have received the settlements, which it said were for breach of confidence/misuse of private information, breach of the Data Protection Act 1988, defamation and loss of earnings.

Ucatt general secretary Brian Rye said: “Ucatt 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. I hope that this compensation will provide some recompense for these members who have suffered appalling treatment at the hands of the blacklisters.”

Ucatt said negotiations were on-going for the remaining cases. It said it was trying to get agreements from companies concerned that they would provide training and support to victims who required it to help them re-join the industry.

A High Court case was brought by a range of trades union against 40 firms over the issue of ‘blacklisting’.

The Consulting Association was shut down after an Information Commissioners Office raid in 2009. 

Eight contractors last year issued a “full and unreserved apology” for their work with the Consulting Association. There was no comment from these companies on the alleged compensation payments this week, and it is not known whether these payments relate to these companies or any others.

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