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Blacklisting Claims In High Court

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Compensation Claims For GMB Members Blacklisted By Carillion And Other Construction Employers In High Court Today And Friday (27th And 29th Nov)  

After years of denial employers have finally admitted that they did it so it is now time to give the victims proper justice and pay them the compensation they deserve says GMB.

Law firm Leigh Day, acting for GMB the union for construction workers, serve particulars of claims in the High Court in London today (27th November) seeking compensation for 70 GMB members blacklisted by Carillion and other construction employers. A further hearing is due on Friday (29th November), in front of the Senior Master, to make a decision about a group litigation order.

Leigh Day is seeking compensation and injunctions for workers kept out of work as a direct result of an unlawful conspiracy by construction employers. The claims include defamation, given the damage to workers’ reputation from being on the blacklist.

The cases are on behalf of members from Aberdeen, Ayrshire, Barnsley, Barnstaple , Bangor, Betws near Ammanford, Birmingham, Brighton, Cornwall, Cheshire, Croydon, Chorley in Lancashire, Derbyshire, Dorset, Duntocher on Clydebank, Dunfermline, Ellesmere Port, Gourock, Greenock, Glasgow, Grimsby, Gwynedd, Hebden Bridge, Hull, Hartlepool, Hamilton, Inverclyde, Irvine, Knightswood and Possilpark in Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Lincolnshire, London E11, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Mitcham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham, Oxford, Paisley, Pudsey, Pembroke, Rochdale, Runcorn, Rotherham, Renfrewshire, Redhill in Surrey, South Sheilds, Stockwell, Southampton, Stirlingshire, Sunderland, Salisbury, Stoke on Trent, Strood in Kent, Suffolk, Swansea, Tyne and Wear, and Wigan. See notes to editors for the known locations where victims of blacklisting come from.

Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) seized a Consulting Association database of 3,213 construction workers and environmental activists used by 44 companies to vet new recruits and keep out of employment trade union and health and safety activists. Over 60% of those on the blacklist were aged between 30 and 50 in the mid1990s. They were mainly active trade union lay leaders on construction sites. Many of them are now nearing retirement age with no pension arrangements.

So far 467 out of the 3,214 on the list know they are on blacklist. Several hundred of these 467 are covered by claims in the High Court. ICO are contacting direct 1,200 after using their national insurance details to get a current address. That will leave 1,546 still to trace.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said “This GMB action in the High Court follows years of blacklisting, and of denials, lies and deceit by construction employers like Carillion over the shameful treatment and damage to thousands of workers.

After years of denial they have finally admitted that they did it so it is now time for the employers to give the victims proper justice and pay them the compensation they deserve. These employers must be made to pay the price for their outrageous behaviour towards their fellow citizens.

Many of the lieutenants who organized blacklisting daily for decades are still in senior positions in companies and the public sector across the land. They have not even shed crocodile tears for the victims they blacklisted. GMB will hold these accountable.”

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Contact for GMB; Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or Maria Ludkin 07956 632 657 or GMB press office at 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823. GMB Scotland Richard Leonard 07703 465447 or Wales Martin Hird 07809 769378

For Leigh Day: David Standard 07540 332717 or Michael Newman 0795 223 9358 or Chris Benson on 07795425649.

People checking if they are on blacklist should call Phil Read at GMB on  07840 897997 or email him blacklisted@gmb.org.uk

Contact Dave Smith 07882 579 452 re Blacklist Support Group

Notes to editors

1 Where blacklisted workers came from.

Blacklisted workers – number in each area

 

 

 

 

Location

Number on the blacklist

 

Location

Number on the blacklist

 

 

Aberdeen City

14

 

Kent

95

Aberdeenshire

54

 

Kingston upon Hull

62

Anglesey

3

 

Lancashire

60

Angus

5

 

Leeds

53

Argyll & Bute

7

 

Leicestershire

5

Bath and North East Somerset

1

 

Lincolnshire

13

Bedfordshire

4

 

Manchester

183

Berkshire

2

 

Merseyside

173

Birmingham

69

 

Midlothian

3

Bristol

25

 

Monmouthshire

9

Buckinghamshire

20

 

Norfolk

7

Cambridgeshire

12

 

North Ayrshire

67

Cardiff

10

 

North Lanarkshire

22

Ceredigion

9

 

North Yorkshire

12

Cheshire

64

 

Northamptonshire

14

City of London

454

 

Northern Ireland

1

Clackmannanshire

3

 

Northumberland

7

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

3

 

Nottinghamshire

12

Cumbria

27

 

Orkney Islands

1

Denbighshire

34

 

Oxfordshire

8

Derbyshire

16

 

Perth & Kinross

2

Devon

19

 

Powys

2

Dorset

8

 

Redcar and Cleveland

43

Dumfries & Galloway

6

 

Renfrewshire

15

Dundee City

21

 

Rhondda Cynon Taf

2

Durham

11

 

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

3

East Ayrshire

18

 

Rotherham

56

East Lothian

1

 

Shropshire

2

East Riding of Yorkshire

16

 

Somerset

5

East Sussex

8

 

South Lanarkshire

16

Edinburgh, City of

52

 

Southern Ireland

1

Essex

57

 

Staffordshire

16

Falkirk

35

 

Stirling

7

Fife

24

 

Suffolk

9

Glasgow City

140

 

Surrey

32

Gloucestershire

32

 

Swansea

15

Gwynedd

12

 

Tyne & Wear

69

Hampshire

50

 

Warwickshire

1

Hereford & Worcester

3

 

West Dunbartonshire

8

Hertfordshire

14

 

West Lothian

12

Highland

15

 

West Sussex

11

Inverclyde

26

 

Wiltshire

5

Isle of Wight

1

 

Wokingham

10

 

 

 

 

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