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Blacklisted trade unionists win huge payout

Issue No. 2502

Britain’s biggest building firms have agreed to pay millions of pounds in compensation to workers who were blacklisted when they fought for better conditions.

The financial settlement comes just days before a High Court hearing into the blacklisting scandal.

This settlement saw around 420 workers receive payment. Overall around 600 workers have had settlements.

Some 90 workers are still involved in litigation.

The latest round of settlements involves workers from Ucatt and the GMB unions.

Workers in the Unite union are still pursuing their cases in the courts.

Blacklist Support Group chair Steve Acheson said, “Seven years ago when the files were discovered these firms denied everything and offered us nothing.

“Two years ago, their misnamed compensation scheme offered most people £1,000

“What has already been achieved is a massive victory for the trade union movement but the fight is not over yet.”

Scaffolders and labourers struck on Tuesday and Wednesday at the construction site of Glasgow Construction and Renewable Energy Centre (GRRC).

The Unite union members are demanding contractor Interserve pays them the same as their colleagues—almost £5 an hour more.

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