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'Blacklisted' workers to receive compensation payouts.

BRITAIN'S biggest building firms have agreed to pay millions of pounds compensation to workers - including dozens in North Wales - who were "blacklisted" when they fought for better conditions.

The former carpenters and bricklayers had their careers ruined when they were listed as troublemakers for raising health and safety issues.

They were denied work on building sites across the country. There were 60 workers from North Wales on the blacklist.

GMB, UCATT and GCR have announced that they have settled their outstanding claims in the Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation. The financial settlement is expected to run into tens of millions.

The claims were brought against Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O'Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and VINCI and concerned the activities of the Services Group of the Economic League and the Consulting Association. GMB, UCATT and GCR commenced the litigation to protect the interests of their members and clients.

In October 2015, these construction companies openly acknowledged that the system was unlawful and made a full public apology. UCATT, GMB and GCR accepted this apology on behalf of their clients.

The construction companies have offered financial settlements which all claimants represented by UCATT, GMB and GCR have now accepted.

In a statement the firms said: "In October 2015, these construction companies, unlike any other companies involved in the vetting system, openly acknowledged that the system was unlawful in various respects and made a full public apology. The construction companies have offered financial settlements which all claimants represented by Ucatt, GMB and [law firm] GCR have now accepted as fair and reasonable."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:May 4, 2016
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