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Blacklisting bosses feel the heat as workers win big payouts

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2500

George Tapp (left) protesting against the blacklist

George Tapp (left) protesting against the blacklist


Blacklisting bosses have settled claims with another 180 workers.

Activists said the latest payouts totalled “in the region of £15-20 million plus legal costs.” The full blacklist trial at the High Court is due to start on 9 May. The first load of payouts to 71 workers was agreed in February at a cost of £5.6 million.

Eight contractors—Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and Vinci PLC—have set up a compensation scheme to try and settle with victims out of court.

The Blacklist Support Group said there are

154 live claims plus 82 recently issued new ones.

A trade unionist who was mown down by a driver while demonstrating has been awarded £80,000 compensation. Blacklisted electrician George Tapp was hit while handing out leaflets targeting blacklister BAM on 15 May 2013.

Tapp was in hospital for eight weeks, had surgery on his knees and hasn’t been able to work since.

 


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