United Kingdom -Blacklisting compensation scheme insufficient -August 20, 2014

Trade union GMB has described an offer of compensation between £4,000 and £100,000 for blacklisted construction workers as grossly inadequate. They have been denied work for years as a result of being blacklisted for union activities or raising health and safety concerns.

Trade union GMB has described an offer of compensation for blacklisted construction workers as grossly inadequate (reported since August 2012: see our archive www.cbnarchive.eu). Eight firms who set up the compensation scheme have urged workers in Scotland employed in construction up to 2009 to contact them. The scheme offers payments between £4,000 and £100,000. The firms have appealed for anyone whose name appeared on a file which was held by a company called the Consulting Association to contact them. The file was seized as part of an investigation into blacklisting by the Information Commissioner's Office. The names in the file were mainly those of construction workers. They have been denied work for years as a result of being blacklisted for union activities or raising health and safety concerns.

English: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics ...   

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/union-attacks-low-payouts ...  

 

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