Trade union pursues case on behalf of “blacklisted” workers

Unite wants to secure compensation

A trade union has confirmed it has launched legal action on behalf of dozens of construction workers who found themselves” blacklisted” by some of the industry’s biggest names.

Unite wants to secure compensation for those who were blacklisted over a period which is understood to have stretched back some 30 years.

In 2016, more than £10million was paid out to 250 individuals in the building trade, who had found themselves locked out of jobs after they were deemed “troublemakers” for raising legitimate concerns about working conditions.

The new claim involves workers who were not party to the previous case.

Unite alleges unlawful conspiracy, breach of privacy, defamation and Data Protection Act offences against individuals involved with an organisation known as the Consulting Association – accused of monitoring thousands who worked in the industry.

Howard Beckett, Unite’s assistant general secretary for legal affairs, said: “Unite is determined to ensure that the people directly responsible for blacklisting workers and ruining their lives are brought to justice and have to answer for their actions.

“Since 2009, the individuals who were the controlling minds behind the systematic blacklisting of workers have sought to avoid taking responsibility for their actions. The workers who had their lives ruined deserve to see the leading blacklisters in court.”